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January, \9 \\ 

No. 1 



5 e\» en Lives Lett 

This will I do because the woful cry 
Of life and all flesh living cometh up 
Into my ears, and all my soul is full 
Of pity for the sickness of this world; 
Which I will heal, if healing may be found 
By uttermost renouncing and strong strife. 
— Arnold's ' 'Light of Asia . * ' 



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V. JAXIARY, I!)| 1 


win t of space large explanatory headlines have been 
dropped from this issue. This by no means means that noth- 
ing of moment is involved, for readers will find the same fight 
in the same way against all manner of evil, nor will they have 
to get a dictionary or a Philadelphia lawyer to tell them what 
we are driving at. Favorite Politicians, Mule Graft Charges, 
Police Commissioners, Dogs, Cats are handled with 

J I J HE IDEA is not a poultry paper nor a 

■*■ horse breeder's sheet nor a hog journal, 

but is devoted to the interests of men and the 

proper breeding of the homo. If it 

a hog or chicken paper it would not be 

sed by the powers that be, but .since iti\. 

concerned with the affairs of human beings, 
every crook in creation is egainst us, as they 
have always been against any one who would 
not care more for a herd of swine than for a 
man, and the reason is plain,— our commer- 
cial government and whole system of society 
is built on the necessity of sacrificing men 
for hogs. 

To get a better kind of pigs means money 
in the pockets of commerce. 

To alleviate the suffering of the poor means 
less money in the pockets of commerce. 

Man interests and money interests are of 
necessity antagonistic. 

Hog interests and money interests go hand 
in hand. 

THE IDEA is concerned about men, the 
rest of the world will look out for the hogs. 
No, The Idea is not a hog paper. 

In this i. sue we show a picture of the jun- 
ior editor of The Idea. The editor-in-chief 
has three boys like that and has no hogs and 

is naturally interested in Eugeuics, or the 
breeding of men. 

When Jesus gave up his life to the teach- 
ing of love for one's neighbor as one's self, 
they swung him up to the nearest post be- 
cause he was disturbing the business of his 
day by preaching a kingdom on earth of jus- 
tice to men at the expense of a few hogs run 
into the sea. 

In his healing the sick, he was opposed by 
the preachers and lawyers whom he called 
hypocrites, because while pretending to be 
servants of God and man, they opposed both 
in their self-seeking cemmereialism. Both 
before and since the man who would ignore 
self and seek to minister rather than be min- 
istered unto has been regarded a fool and a 
fanatic aud has nearly always found it neces- 
sary to lay down his life before the world 
w r ould dare stop to consider the value of his 

. Homo sum, human! nil a me alienum. 
An old Latin writer' wrote as above, which 

means — "I am a man, and nothing human 1 is 
foreign to me. ' ' 

Modern Business says: "I am a money- 
maker and nothing financial is foreign to 
me." In other words, commercialism or the 
spirit of this world puts money before 
men and he who does not give his life to 
GETTING is a fool. 

The Idea is interested in men and whatever 
would better man is of concern to us, wheth- 
er it hurts for a time the pockets of com- 
merce or not. 

The whiskey business is man's greatest foe 
and Graft's greatest friend. As we have said 
before in these columns, Richmond politics 
are crooked, not because Richmo ;d people are 
worse than other people but because the sa- 
loon has found it to its interest to corrupt 
politics, and today every evil interest in Rich- 
mond politics not only owes his election to 
the vote controlled by the bribe-giving saloon 
but the vilest of them are in open alliance 
and partnership with whiskey men. 

Whiskey has thrown its loving arms about 
the administration of the laws and even in 
the police court the two most prominent fig- 
ures, Crutchfield and Pollock, are former 
whiskey handers and the police commissioners 
who run the board are wet to the bone, and 
could not hold their positions for a moment 
but for their known attitude towards the 
criminal element, which means the saloon 
men and their satellites, the purchasable vot- 
ers, the bums and hangers-on of the saloons. 

And three local judges wear on their faces 
and their forms the signs of excessive drink 
to such an extent that it has been remarked 
that one must be a well known booze fighter 
before he can hope for a judgeship in Rich- 

Good former patrons of the saloon, do not 
seem to be objectionable to the men who con- 
trol the saloon influences in elections and 

The is against the saloon, 'tooth, 

tongue, claw and toe-nail', and against e 

other evil, on earth, abo\ arth or in the 

waters under the earth. 

Whatever keeps men from getting their 
deserts in business, society, law; religion, or 
anything else, is our foe and the sword of 
The Idea's publicity is against them. But 
our sword is the Sword of the Spirit of the 
Master. And Spirit, in one sense, is influ- 
ence, and influence is best spread through 
publicity. Therefore The Idea publishes, it 
turns on the light, — ths great crime of the 
ages, unless you publish that which helps de- 
ceive men, on whom commerce, — the spirit of 
this world, —feeds. 

Besides the large inftluence for evil wh\ch 
the saloon exerts in making criminals, paup- 
ers, insane and diseased, perhaps the great- 
est crime chargeable to whiskey is its de- 
bauching our courts and our legislators and 
our executives, 

A. 11 good fellows are cranks- 

Sister Jfcemphill's Zraper and 
*Doua/cio Sordon 

The few <*ood people of Richmond who read 
The Times-Dispatch and rely on it tor their source 
of information find it hard to believe that the many 
many damaging statements made by that paper 
against The Idea man were as lying as they actually 
were. Perhaps 'he following will enlighten them. 
Douglas Gordon, a police commissioner, was — and 
idefstand still is — an employee of The Times- 
Dispatch when Douglas Gordon was suing the edi- 
tor of i. and when. The Times-Dispatch 
published flaring headlines on its front page which 
were absolute lies against us and then followed it 
up by repeated lies in the body of the text. 

I : r er The Times-Dispatch came out, afier we 
had publicly denounced their statements as false. 
and in verv small tvpe, which few saw, stated that 
only the headlines were false. 

Thai same day we. face " f.-D. 

ron.- the article in question (and he 
is the same son of a preacher whose articles con- 
cerning Dr. McAlister's speech were publicly brand- 
ed by the pastor and deacons of Grove Avenue 
Church as false, .and whose false reports of the 
Methodist Conference last Fall caused the Virgi 
Methodists to refuse to grant The Times-Dispatch 
reportonal privileges on the Boor of the convention 
unless they were willing to tell the truth.) we rold 
this same ieporter that statements we pointed out 
in the text of the article in question were false and 

Now. why did not I he Times-Dispatch correct 
their lies? W is it because Douglas Gordon is em- 
ployed by The Times-Dispatch or was it because 
sister Hemphill's paper is so OTiery and Wet that it 
don't know the truth about anything that opposes 
the whiskey traffic, when it meets it in the big 

The biggest crooks in the State of Virgin 
The Idea lies. 

The biggest denomination in the State of Virginia 
The Times-Dispatch lies. 

TJhe jDevil tj\ x/i'rginia ^Politics 

na, have little boys £Ot little devils 
in ti 

ma: — No, Frank. What makes you ask such 
a question? 

Frank: — Well, that little- colored boy said h< 
f. r >m<j to knock the devil out ot' Harry." 

inquired: Mama, what is the devil. 1 

An I :ious teaching, 

are really wondering, "what in hell is ht : " as one 

Now. we don't care what he is in hell but what 

ir:h is of vital concern. 

Here in Virginia he is not a person. — a person is a 

\tl being. — but he is a spirit, he's the Spirit ot 

. or the spirit of commerce, or the sp 

And that means that he is thst spirit in a 

man that will make him do an immoral act foi 

. like voting for a tariff that will burden the 

poor, tor revenue, or voting for licensing the wi 
kev trafic for the revenue of the taxes. 

I ruly that man must have mighty big devils in- 
side of him who, for fear his taxes will be raised, 
(thothey will be lowered by cutting out whiskey) 
will vote wet. And the devil has certainly gotten 
into Virginia politic?, when Virginia legislators, sick- 
ed on by foreign brewers and distillers, will point 
blank refuse to let sovereign Virginia citizens decide 
for themselves whether they will continue to form 
a partnership with the most damnable vice that has 
ever cursed humanity. Selah, 

7Jhe State J^a/r and the 5$ed 
JLight Gvit 

Our at the Sti last Fall, the Kair Associa- 

tion gave away much money as prizes "for fine hogs 
;tn 1 pfgr, and people sent hogs here from ail over the 
countTy, and they gave only one little measlj prize 
r'or raising men. 


1 he papers are nlled with articles o 
felling how to get a better breed of ho^s next year 
than yon had this year, and no one stops to think 
how about the crop of men— are we improving them . 

A man will keep his hogs up and wont le 
boars mix promiscuously with the sows and if one 
ase he will take that one away from the 
drove entirely, for that is the only way to keep them 
healthy and strong. 

I3ut while the youi ing up. he will- 

let them mix with sick and diseased women and 
men actuall) keep places" where these diseased 
women are kept just for the purpose of running with 
and mixing with the men, while the pure and clean 
and healthy women are kept away from the men. 
There are two of these places of diseased women in 
Richmond and corrupt polii ont let the po- 

lice break them up, for they say it is best to let the 
men catch these foul diseases from the women, h 
teaches them how to resist temptation, they say — 
whit tools we mortals be — and they say it al 
has been this way. therefore it must always be, 
I 'hey don't stop to think that their ho^s began to 
improve only by restraining them by force. Some 

tie haven't even got hog sense ] 

I 1 

9/fulc Sraft Charges 

Alrho thi irday trit-d to i 

Up by misleading headlines the rotten mess disclosed 
the night before by a council investigating commit- 
tee. these papers had to admit as the committee had 
to report that since the man. who in conversation 
said he had been offered a bribe to pass mules for 
the cjty, also stated that no one was p r esent and he 
therefore had no witnesses and of course had form- 
ally preferred no charges because of insufficient evi- 
dence to convict. Of course the committee reported 
"Charges have not been sustain* 

L he committee did not state that they even be- 
lieved that tnere was not one of, the nastiest pieces 
of graft tin eir feet into even in Rich- 

mond the graft-ridden. They simply do pptd tie 
matter and adjourned, after" doing all they could do, 
applying a beautiful coat of whitewash. 

THE FACTS AF E: A council committee pur- 
chased four* mules I apiece after the veerti- 
narian employed and paid for h ty tojd the 
1 2 

committee that they were not worth over $200.00 
apiece. (The I in h helped in the 

whitewashing admits this.) 'I lie Veterinarian, Dr. 
Sweeney, said on the witness stand (according to 
The Times-Dispatch again) that Alnerman Bennett 
of the purchasing committee told him. "Tom. 
pass the first four mules brought out, sound or un- 
sound, and if there is an) trouble, I'll see that you 
treat them at the city s 1 Mso that horse peo- 

ple "had to give bribes on account of the class of 
people the) had to deal with." 

During the investigation an attempt was made to 
show that Dr. Sweeney's character was bad. 

Now, The Idea has to say that if the City has 
employed a man of had chara rer for years and years 
as it has Dr. Sweeney, then the city is just as bad 
off and perhaps has lost infinitely more than the 
$400.00 on this particular occasion. If his cl 
ter is not bad. then he told the truth and there is 
rank, rotten graft in the city council. 

Whichever way you take it the thoughtful citizen 
knows the lid was temporarily off of another section 
of Richmond's fotten political situation. 

One cannot read of that investigation without be- 
ing convinced that whether Dr. Sweer.ey's character 
is good or bad there must have been a nasty situa- 
tion which it was not desired to uncover in the pur- 
chasing of mules for the city. It certaink stinks 
iike it. 

You just read even the Supreme's account of the 
thing if you want fo get sick at the stomach of pay- 
ing taxes into a corporation where such a thing 
could exist. 

JJhe !7£ed jCi'ght 9/u/sance Jiga/n 
Tfeighbors Complain 

1 he mansion of the Governor of Virginia is with- 
in KM) yards of one of the largest red light 'districts 
in the State of Virginia, upheld and protected in ut- 
ter defiance of state law by the polne commissioners 
and the mayor of Richmond. 

Across .Governor Street from the mansion is 
(Continued on page 1 7.) 
1 J 


A fragment ot verse inspired by a v ar the 

charmi le, near Danville. Va., 

where the wriiei was teaching school in 1901. 

Vying, contending the one with the other, 
Each in his customed orchard tree, 

The robin is sitting, the mocker is flitting, 
Bursting their throats in a wild melody. 

An orchestra sweet is the orchard this morn- 

The "blooms of the apples are blown to the 

And whiter than snow is the carpet beneath 

And greener than green is the grass all 

The red bird so still from the walnut is view- 
The whistling wren on the fence by the lane; 


The sparrows are chirping: the pigeon is coo- 
All nature is chanting a spring-time refrain. 

The cawing of crows comes out from the 

The twitting of swallows in arrowy flight. 
The mournful appeal of the dove in the forest, 
And o'er in the wheatfields the mellow "Bob 

Whit?," • 

And e'er and anon comes the note of another 
Of nature's sweet singers, — so naturally sung, 
That each with each other in beauty is 
ato's self the lyre had strung. 

For lo! to the spring the maiden comes sing- 
ing, - 

And spring-time's complete, so angelic her 

For fragrance and beauty and feeling and 

Combined to make heavenly the lass of my 

The Red Light Nuisance Again. 

(Continued from page 14.) 

Memorial Hospital, which this week made com- 
plaint to the city authorities of the rowdyism and 
unearthly noises made by drunken revellers with 
honking, tooting automobiles rushing to and from 
this den of prostitutes from 12 to 4 o'clock at night. 

The Times-Dispatch in giving an account of this 
protest was too clean and holy a paper to mention 
the fact that the red light district was the cause of 
it. It just said that automobiles did it. 

Besides the Memorial Hospital being bothered 
there are many girls and women employed in the 
wholesale houses box factories, printing establish- 
ments, and the like on 14th and Franklin Streets 
who have to come into contact with the daily sight 
of these women and their vile business and even 
The Associated Charities bnilding, where the city's 
poor are clothed and fed and housed and to which 
Richmond citizens annually give thousands of dol- 
lars, is almost surrounded by bawdy houses. Yet 
Mayor Richardson and the police board having 

sworn oaths to enforce these laws say by their ac- 
tions, "What do we care for law: " 

We were recently informed that the red light dis- 
trict was necessary wherever men had good red 
blood in their veins. If, however, one will nonce the 
numbers on the automobiles that stand before the 
doors of these houses of ill-fame after midnight each 
night he will see that it is trie blue bloods that clothe 
these prostitutes in furs and silks and fine linens. 

Uhat *Dirty State Jfiair 

The State Fair Association has just announced 
that they made $11,800 last year and it came out at 
the meeting that they got $5,000 from whiskey con- 
cessions and an unknown amount from the lewd 
women huchy-kuchy dancers. So it appears that 
about half of all the money made by the Fair Asso- 
ciation would have been lost to them if they had not 
sold these privileges to traffic in immorality. 

In other words, these first citizens of Richmond 
are in the business of debauching the youth of Vir- 
ginia for about $6,000 a year. 

Since stopping publication of The Idea weekly 
we have been engaged in a general printing business 
at 1106 Capitol St., in the old Ford Hotel where 
we await your orders for all kinds of fine printing, 
Cards, Invitations, Pamphlets, Letter Heads, State- 
ments, Envelopes, Posters, Half Tone Work, and 
anything else in the printing line. 

Back numbers of "The Idea", volumes 1 and 2 
can no longer be had at any price. The Congress- 
ional Library in Washington has a complete file. 
And a very few others are held by book lovers 
throghout the country. Of volumes 3 and 4, the 
Richmond Edition, — a few complete files are on 
hand and may be had bound in scarlet and gold for 
$5.00 for the two. The Virginia State Library and 
the Congressional Library at Washington have them 
bound for public use. Better speak quick if you 
want something rare and worth-y. 

The Idea will be gotten out, just for instance, 
semi-occasionally, say about twelve times a year. 

Former subscribers whose subscriptions have run 
out who get this number by mail may, if they de- 
sire, forward the price to 1106 Capitol Street. 

Phone Monroe 2708 for prices on Printing, 


To be notified when the next number will 
be out will kindh write their name and 
address clearly on a piece of paper and 
leave at 

THE IDEA OFFICE, 1106 Capitol St. 
WALLER'S STORE, Church Hill, 
MODEL NEWS CO., West Broad St., 
ABBOTT'S STORE, Manchester, Va., 
SHEPHERD'S, Lynchburg, Virginia. 


{Printing that Tjickies 






in this mmhi:r 
justice john 

Sftoss Clyde 
Chief u/erner 


Subjects of the jrfour 




he ^ Sdea 

A DON A. VODER, EmTOSt and Pxiiusiikk 



er u/erner on 
the S$un 

SPolice Cleaning up $£ed Jditrhi 
^District and S ambling *Dens 

Another Walk through 9f?aye 

The authorities at last are waking up. The po- 
lice commissioners have been scratching: their heads 
and Richmond's shame is being lessened since The 
Idea began to turn on the light a year and a half 

ago. Down on lower Franklin Street three of the 
largest houses of ill fame have been put out of com- 
mission by order of the police department and large 
"For Rent" signs are posted on the outer walls. 

The occupants of red light district No. 2, on low- 
er 8th Street, where Douglas Gordon's father was 
renting a house for prostitution to lewd women, 
hied themselves away to the tall timber, tho it ap- 
pears that the location is again in the hands of law 

Prostitutes have been given orders, so says Dame 
Rumor, to keep off the streets on Sunday and holi- 
days and after 5 o'clock during week days and after 
3 o'clock on Saturdays. 

The orders have just gone forth to make a bluff 
at suppressing vice tho there is no idea on the part 
of the police department to enforce the House of 
111 Fame Law. 

Altho our former walk thru Mayo Street caused 
our arrest, we are here to iterate and reiterate that 
indecentness of the vilest sort is permitted by the 
police in utter defiance of law openly and publicly 
to be seen by those on the other side of the street 
throughout the red light district, and the anarch- 
ists on the police board who say that laws don't 
amount to anything if they dont think them wise 


are thus responsible for corrupting the government 
and the health and the morals of the city. 


The papers also tell us this week that the police 
are raiding the gambling dens of the city and 'hat 
they actually raided Bob Whittett's joint, the Albe- 
marle Club, known to be a notorious gambling den, 
where politicians hang out till the wee hours of 
morning. Of course the political crowd would no* 
Jet this protected house go ignorant of the fact that 
last Sunday was set apan fo raiding, oh no, for be it 
known that within a half hour of the time the priv- 
ate papers of the editor were unlawfully taken from 
him, the protected gambling house concerning which 
we had information was completely posted by the 

As long as the crocks and the police department 
are on such terms of intimacy can any one ever ex- 
pect the protected gamblers or the protected 
prostitutes or the protected violators of the Sunday 
laws to be brought to account. 

Sick people talk out of their heads. Well people 
talk out of their hearts. 

Clyde vaunderzt and the 

AST Winter, as the legislature was in 
■*-' session, we stole a few minutes from 
our business and went over into the gallery 
of the House of Delegates and looked down 
on the legislators at work and there in the 
legislature up behind the desk of Speaker 
Byrd, and sitting on the floor, engaging the 
Speaker, Byrd, who was in the Speaker's 
chair, in a heated argument, during the ac- 
tive session of the legislature was the crouch- 
ing form of the ubiquitous Clyde Saunders, 
"the evil influence" in the political aflairs of 
Richmond and the boss of the city's demo- 
cratic machine, under which has been devel- 
oped the most extravagant and pernicious 
system of ward politics that ever cursed a 

After seeing Clyde in the attitude of the 

right hand man of the Speaker of the House 

of Delegates, who is such a factor in State 

politics that what he says goes in the highest 


legislative body of the State, —after seeing 
Clyde and Dick in this conferring position 
and knowing that according to a rule of the 
House Clyde had no business even on the floor 
of that body, we went across the square and 
got our camera, thinking it might be of inter- 
est to the citizens of the State to have a 
view of Clyde and Dick and legislature all 
"in session" at the same time and place. 

On our return Clyde had come down from 
the Speaker's platform where he could be 
seen only by the occupants of the gallery and 
a very few of those on the main floor because 
of the massive desk behind which he was hid- 
den with the Honorable Richard Evelyn-x-y- 
tion-and-then-some Bird-of-prey. 

We found him sitting in the bench against 
the wall in the seat nearest possible to the 
Speaker, so we took a view of him for your 
edification, and you will find or another page 
the result of a few seconds exposui'e by a 
green horn photographer. 

This is a remarkable photograph in that it 
is taken by electric light when the lights, as 
seen in the cut, were in front of the camera, 
yet one who knows Clyde may easily distin- 
guish his physiognomy in the little 2x3 cut. 

Now he who does not see in the omnipres- 
ence of Clyde in the legislation of Richmond 
and Virginia a decidedly "evil influence" has 
about seventeen million, nine hundred thous- 
and separate and distinct thinks coming to 
him and we will say again for the Honora- 
ble (?) Clyde's delectation that if he so desires 
he may suey, suey, suey, slyde, Kelly, slide, 

Saunders' Suit Year and Half in Court 
To Come Up in March 

COME time or other year before last Clyde 
*■* Saunders sued the editor and the printers of 
The Idea for $25,000.00 for alleged libel. 

Due to a ruling of Judge Ingram entirely contra- 
ry to the law as established by the Supreme Court, 
damages of a small amount were awarded by the 
jury, though a majority of jurymen knew we had 
not slandered Clyde. The case was appealed to the 
Supreme Court and has been put off, untill now it 
is set for the March Term, but as President Taft 
says. "God knows" when it will come off. 

Meantime lawyers' fees accumulate and the world 
gets the idea that it has been actually settled that 
The Idea has committed the gross crime of slander, 
which the same is a lie. The Idea never has and 
never will slander any man. We can't slander the 
man whom the reputable citizens of the community 
testify to having the reputation of being an evil and 
pernicious influence and whom even one of his de- 
fenders on the witness stand testified to as being 

Meantime know this, that The Idea has been 
before lesser courts 7 or 8 times and has always got- 
ten an adverse decision. It has appealed to the Su- 
preme Court twice and as yet has so far never got- 
ten anything but a favorable decision. 

You, if you are wise, may term this persecution. 

For want of a more expressive term we'll call it 
devilment, and then keep on "slandering" Clyde 
till our truthful publicity has enabled the voter to 
see how his quiescence has enabled his govern- 
ment to become rotten and subservient to the sa- 
loon and money power. 

There is a black sheep in some flocks and some 
times you can find a flock with a white sheep in it. 

Send us your order for cards, envelopes, etc. 

l/daci Car Service 

Barton Heights and Ginter Park Citizens 

The citizens of the northwestern suburbs of Rich- 
mond have been complaining for some time of 
she inadequate car service, especially in the morn- 
ings from 7 to 9 and in the evenings when the 
crowds come home. At these times Barton Heights 
residents not only have to stand up, packed like sar- 
dines in a box, sandwiched in a sqirming mass of 
black and white, but when they get to 1st and 
Broad the cars are already crowded and they must 
either submit to another half mile of mashing or 
walk to their businesses. 

For the past year and more these suburbs have 
been rapidly growing and more and more people 
use the cars each day, and yet the same schedule is 
maintained that was in force more than a year ago. 

Can't the poor Traction Company do something 
by way of extra cars for the strap hangers frcm 
Barton Heights and Ginter Park and the Lake- 
side region. 


ffhe ^ali of a {Richmond S?3us~ 

ness ///an 

JUST a year and a half ago, soon after be- 
ginning The Idea in Richmond, one of the 
finest looking men of the capitol city came 
into my office at my request on a matter of 
business. He was tall and erect and strong 
with a fine face and form, with glossy black 
hair and well chiseled features and dark eyes 
and ruddy compiection. . 

He thought I had made a mistake in tack- 
ling the whiskey question, — it was not in the 
province of law to interfere with the person- 
al liberty of men, he said. 

I was impressed with his bearing and his 
ability, for he was a business man of estab- 
lished reputation. 

A few months passed and I saw him com- 
ing from a saloon on Broad Street and his 
step was not as light nor his beaiing as erect 
as when I first met him. 

Then I lost sight of him for some time, till 
some two months ago I saw him again. 

His clothing was soiled, his head was bow- 

ed, his cheeks were sallow and he was stag- 
gering along the streets, going home, per- 
haps, to her, who knows, —who knows — 

Today I saw him again, walking with a 
cane this time, and if I had not seen him in 
the interval, I had not known him as my ac- 
quaintance of eighteen months ago. He's so 
much older than he was, and the twinkle has 
left his eye, and straightness has left his 
form, and the red has left his cheek, and the 
spring is gone from his footstep. 

No, he was not drunk today. 

But strong drink had wrought its deadly 
work. Perhaps it had brought disease with 
it. Some of you know how that happens. At 
any rate his weight was less by forty pounds 
than it was when first I saw him, while a 
look of infinite sadness seemed to come from 
his almost expressionless face. How my heart 
went out to him. But what could I do for 
him? Save fight to put away this evil from 
the land. Such things as this keep me pub- 
lishing The Idea, in spite of assaults and ar- 
rests, and insults in courts, and lies in news- 
papers, and jails and lawyers' fees and court 
expenses and such greater griefs too sacred 
to mention now, as must come to those who 
will fight evil without compromise. 


jDare^'Deutl 3$utomo6ileng 

Within three days recently thiee persons, one of 
whom died, were seriously hurt by being struck by 
automobiles. On Broad Street a young doctor ran 
down an elderly woman and almost instantly killed 
her, and yet the Coroner's jury did not hold the 
doctor responsible because he first scared the wom- 
an so that she did not know which way to urn. 

It seems that wealthy car owners are immune 
from the operation of the law if they can show that 
it would have been possible for a good sprinter to 
get out of the way. An Irishman once said, "You 
might as well kill me as to scare me to death." 
It is a common sight to see women dragging little 
children at a run across the streets of Richmond to 
get out of the way of on-coming "benzine buggies" 
and it is a subject of daily conversation among 
women not only what to do about letting their child- 
ren go anywhere even with servants for fear of reck- 
less chauffeurs but also whether they themselves shall 
stop shopping because of the scares they get on 
Broad Street. 

Large touring cars come tooting and speeding and 
mud-slinging around corners, littering pedestrians 
for ten feet on either side with the slimy filth that is 

permitted to accumulate on the main thoroughfares 
of the city, while neivous women and children and 
even men run for their lives while the reckless driv- 
er continues his death dealing sport unstopped by 
the police whose sole businese seems to be looking 
the other way while protected interests keep wide 
open shop on Sunday or do any other darn thing 
they please. 

The real trouble lies in the fact that there is one 
law for the poor and another for the rich in Rich- 

The wealthy autcist is never anesuc — he is sim- 
ply "reported" and later a genteel officer gives him 
a genteel summons to appear before the ere John, 
while a poor man whose horse is frightened by the 
same automobile and runs away is arrested 2nd put 
in the lock-up until his friends discover where he is 
and bail him out. 

The police of Richmond don't have to wait until 
a driver exceeds the speed limit before stopping him. 
State laws permit and even make it their duty to 
arrest not report, any one who drives reckless! y, 
and even one mile an hour may be reckless and oft- 
en is if the streets are crowded. 

Some people have consciences. 

A Letter to My Son, and to 

Every Man's Son Who Has 

a Stomach to Read It 

Dear Harry: 

Right after the Civil War, in the sixties, 
your great-uncle, my mother's brother, who 
was a cavalry general of volunteers during 
the war, was offered a commission in the cav- 
alry branch of the regular army. His reply 
to the offer was that he did not want the com- 
mission as he had gone into the infantry, 
having married and set up an infant industry. 

You, my boy, are sprung from a long line 
of ancestors who considered it their first duty 
to raise men at whatever financial cost, and 
one of >our ancestors, a Baptist preacher, 
Roger Williams, founded a State in which to 
raise free men not hogs, and he was the au- 
thor of the first document granting religious 
freedom in America. 

He endured many hardships that his fellow- 
men might have blessings which were theirs 
by right but which had been taken from them 

by others. He lived for others, which alone 
is Chrltianity. 

My mother's mother raised a family of sev- 
enteen men and women and then adopted 
three more, and my father's mother was 
mother of sixteen sturdy specimens of man- 
hood who were trained to value manhood 
more than money. And I want you, my boy, 
to remember that tho money and love of po- 
sition and power may turn others from the 
right, it is better to be hung among thieves 
than to sell out your right to have an opinion, 
or express it when you think it's best. 

My life, so far, has been a contest against 
all those things which harm the rearing of 
men in Virginia, buc since Virginia is more 
interested in raising hogs than it is in raising 
men, I've been sentenced to jail four times 
just because I dared to contend against un- 
principled men who were making money by 
working against the moral and physical well- 
being of men in Virginia. My chief aim has 
been to make a man out of myself, and I am 
frank to say I must have succeeded or else 
the evil element in the community vsould not 
assault me and persecute me and arrest me 
and libel me, and jail me, and sue me, and 

rob me of my private papers and insult me in 
court and summons me before courts and 

This is the way the world has always treat- 
ed men. 

The greatest man the world has ever seen 
was treated just that way and even his friends 
found it hurt them in business to be known 
as his friends, and came to see him only at 
night when their business associates would not 
know it. Now this great man Jesus, Harry, 
did not have any little boys, and he did not 
have any wife, and he was a poor man, tho 
he could have been a great king and have 
anything he wanted, for he was offered all 
this if he would go into politics, but he knew 
that a true man had to be a poor man and so 
he turned it all down and chose rather to be 
persecuted than to be a king, and he became 
so poor he did not even have a place to live, 
he was so taken up with helping others. 

Well, the world don't ever like an unsefish 
man, so they sent policemen one night and 
arrested him and put him in jail and tried 
him and the next morning they took him and 
hung him with two robbers. 

Now Harry, I want you to read all you can 

about that man Jesus and try to be as near 
like him as you can, even if they put you in 
jail and hang you for it, and the nearer you 
become like him the nearer you'll come to be- 
ing killed for it. 

He is the only perfect man we know any- 
thing* about. 

Now the only way you can tell whether one 
is a true man is by finding* out whether he is 
selfish or not. If he is selfish he is not a man, 
he's just a hog, and Jesus laid down this rale 
to till a man by. 

He siiJ we mist love other people just as we 
love ourselves, and that means, if your neighbor is 
~y J >llars in debt and you are $5.00 ahead give him 
your $5.00. And you can't ever get rich if you are 
a real man, for Jesus told a rich man that his first 
duty was to give away all his money, for there are 
always so many poor people that need it that a man 
can't be rich if he loves them as he does 
himself, and one time Jesus said, Don't save treas- 
ure on earth, for if you do you will be caring for it 
instead of doing your duty. 

Jesus don't want anyone to be rich, for one will 
be working for the money instead of for others if 
he has money. 


justice John 

JUaw Sdrea/cer 

Responsible for Sunday Violations 

Everybody knows that the Sunday laws in Rich- 
mond are flagrantly and openly violated right under 
the noses of the police every Sunday but few rea!i?e 
why. Of course we all know by now that the po- 
lice board is a law unto itself and has decided to act 
as seems wise to them absolutely regardless of law 
and that policemen would lose their jobs in short or- 
der if they ever dared to enforce these laws against 
selling whiskey by prostitutes open adultety srd 
lewdness and Sunday violation. 

We showed in the past that Justice John was 
"particeps criminis" in this "corruption" of the ends 
of justice in the red light evil. 

Herein we show a like party to the crime in the 
violation of the Sunday laws. 

Just this week two flagrant violators were up for 
keeping a wide open shop last Sunday, and they were 
up, mind you, only after a prominent minister was 
forced to make complaint three times. 

VVhen they came before the Police Justice, what 
did he do to uphold the law? 

The law provides a minimum fine of $5.00(max- 
imum $100.00) and tho these stores have been open 
week after week yet no $1 00.00 fine is entered, 
but the very least penalty possible is imposed. 

If a man had been unnecessarily splitting wood 
on Sunday and thus violated the law without ever 


harming a soul he would have had to fine him $5.00 
but these store keepers were keeping open shop and 
employing others to violate the law and operating in 
open defiance of propriety and decency and public 
morality, and yet they are let down with a fine of 
$5, when Justice John should have done as the law 
makes it his duty to do in such a case, (for he had 
found that fining don't amount to anything), put the 
man under "bond of from $100.00 to $5000.00 dol- 
lars" on the very first offence, for the law does not 
say on the 2nd offence as some preachers have been 
led to believe. 

Justice John shows by his actions that he is not 
man enough to live up to his oath of upholding the 
law to the extent of trying to have the law obeyed. 

If Justice John, by himself would do his duty, 
open Sunday violation would stop in a jiffy. Just 
suppose he had put the violator last Sunday under 
$5000 or so bond, do you think he'd open next Sun- 
day or that the other violators would? 

But since by his a us he laughs at the statute and 
the preachers who stand for law enforcement, he 
encourages crime and on the part of a judge this 
is a greater ciime than actual infraction of the law 
by others. 

We went to jail last year for denouncing this kind 
of "corruption" of the functions of the law and to- 
day we stand by all we've said and again denounce 
the acts of a justice which tends to bring all law 
into contempt. 

Enforce *:he law or repeal it. One can easily af- 
ford to pay the $5.00 every week and violate the 
laws all the time for Sunday is the money making 
day of the week with these professional violators. 

No wonder Richmond has so descended that a 
fish merchant could openly hawk his wares two 
Wr e'cs ago on the sneets and not be stopped. 

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March, 1911 

No. 3 


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Being some sermonettes published Monthly for the common good at 
Richmond, Va>, by Adon A. Yoder. editor, publisher and printer, 
111)6 Capitol Street, Richmond, Virginia. Phcrt MomoeL7(8. 

J^Tjernpeatina 7J.~'D. S^ot 

Snjulter of Women 

The limes- Dispatch and Douglas Gordon Manufacture a Riot All 

Because Dolly Dimples Advertises Their Rival, 

The Evening Journal. 


This is written to assure out of town people that 
absolutely nothing at all happened recer.tly when 
Times-Dispatch scoldinply demanded of the Mayor 
that he stop the clever advertising scheme of The 
Evening Journal because, they charged, that wom- 
en were being insulted on the streets. 

The facts are The Journal had the town by the 
ears and it was sorely hurting the sales of the "Su- 
preme's" evening sheet. The News-Leader. 

The Times-Dispatch just could not stand it to be 
wounded thusly in the pocket-book so they exercised their free-born 
ri^ht of "hollering." 

They hollered at the Mayor and they 1 ollered at tie police, and 
though Richmond people were giing about their business undisturb- 
ed as usual, people throughout the State were made to believe by 
reading the "Supreme" and The Leader that the "riff-raff" of Rich- 
mond were "rioting" in the streets. 

After all the rumpus the valiant police force succeeded after 
much labor in discovering one young man politely lifting his hat to a 
\oung lady and the arm of the law swooped down on him and de- 
spite the protestations to the contrary on the part of the eminently 
respectable and educated young woman, he was hauled off by the 
police, charged with insulting a woman on the street. 

Then the vile mouthed Times-Disparch in us columns openly In- 
sulted this young woman by maliciously and falsely reporting her 
testimony in court and did all this too in the name of "protecting 
women" while underneath was the dirty fact that for the sake of 
money they ^vere willing to violate all moral law, even to insulting a 
woman, most criminal in one who claims to be a Virginian. 



VOL. V. MARCH, 1911 No. 3 

Five Cents a Copy 50 Cents a Year 

Published Monthly on Saturday by A DON A. Yoder 

1106 Capitol Street, Richmond, Va. 

C Manning Has 

Ex-Bar-Keeper Put 
On Police Force 

Tho He Is Under Height 

C. Jacobini, sometime bar-keeuer is elected policeman from 

Jefferson Ward by the influence of C. Manning 

Jefferson Ward Police Commissioner. 

On last Friday night the police commissioners met and 
elected 30 new men to the police force. Only two men were 
elected from Henry Ward while six came from Jefferson 


Ward, showing- how C. Manning's influence is felt in the 
enforcement of the laws of Richmond. 

Sometime ago we showed how C. Manning's influence had 
put Rex. Griffin, Dutch Lehman's bar-keeper, on the police 
force although Griffin was 38 years old and the maximum 
age limit was 35. We found on the registration books in 
the city hall his sworn statement that he was born in 1871, 
and then C. Manning on the witness stand stated that Grif- 
fin had on oath given his age as within the 35 year limit. 
Still when this was proven false in court, Griffin was prac- 
tically commended for his falsehood and his breach of the 
peace by being retained on the force. 

This time when Manning desires to get another bar-keep- 
er who does not meet the requirements, on the force he gets 
him on, on the ground that he is an Italian, while the real 
qualification seems to be that he had been an Italian bar- 

And Jocobini was not the only bar-keeper elected the oth- 
er night. We understand there were others. 

When the liquor interests who run this town want a man 
on the police force, neither the law nor rules and regulations 
cut any figure, provided C. Manning, who confessed to being 
paid $1,000 (when Lehman got $900 and Saunders got $1,1- 
00) for his influence with councilmen in getting the tele- 
phone ordinance through the council. 

You see the saloons serve the politicians by purchasing 
votes for them on election day, so that the ring crowd is 
under "political" obligations to them. 

Just a Drunk 

Saturday afternoon, 2:40 o'clock, Feb. 18, '11. 
Just a moment ago, while coming down the street, I saw 
a policeman on the corner of 9th and Capitol, holding a man 
by the wrist as he swayed back and forth. He was drunk 
and his coat was dirty and I learned that the policeman had 
picked him up as he had fallen to the pavement. 


He was neatly tho not expensively dressed and was evi- 
dently a working man who was out to enjoy his Saturday 
half holiday. 

He said to the policeman: "Please let me go, I'll go right 
straight home." 

To which the officer replied: "No, you'll go with me." 
And then, as the man grew excited and the crowd gathered 
around, I heard the drunken man, holding up both hands, 
say: "Oh! please don't take me. Please don't, my wife — 
my wife will go crazy." 

And I thought— well, it's all right to have the wife sor- 
row, it's all right to have a system under which a man has 
to work so hard that when holiday comes he'll want a stim- 
ulant to boost him up, it's all right to make it profitable for 
a man to sell poison to our young men by giving this privi- 
lege to those who will pay our taxes for us. It's all right to 
pave our streets with the taxes which come from the saloon, 
about $200,000 every year in Richmond. 

It certainly must be all right to build John Marshall High 
School with — with the wife's sorrow. "My wife will go 
crazy"— "My wife will go crazy." And how many, oh! how 
many little wives, with babies perhaps, born and unborn, 
are going crazy because we keep on voting the Democratic 
ticket to perpetuate a sytem of property rights against 
men's rights. 

The Idea Again in the Fight 

Subscriptions Solicited 

For the past eight months we have solicited no subscriptions, due 
to the fact that The Idea was not on a paying basis. The Idia was 
recently on the point of selling out when a good Richmond woman 
came to its aid and having enlisted others in a campaign to put The 
Idea on a fighting basis, we are able to announce that The Idea will 
continue its fight against evil as of yore and those who desire 10 gtt 
all copies may insure that event by subscribing at 50c a }ear or, if 
we begin publishing more often the 50c will pay for 12 consecutive 
numbers. Let your subscription help in the fight now growing more 


Looks Like Fraud 

Fbw Contractors Get Work at Their 
Own Figures 

City Engineer Boiling, after the continual prodding of him and hi? 
badly managrd department for nearly two years by The Idea is now 
about to mm the light on the letting of contracts. 

He pointed out to the Street Committee recently how contractors 
put in bids which practically amount to a distribution of work among 
themselves as a result of a conspiracy and combine to decide on prices 
beforehand. The Virginian reports as follows: — 

"A specific case which Mr. Boiling has in mind is that of contrac- 
tors bidding on several blocks of work, the highest and lowest bids 
varying only 6 cents per square yard, while the charges for extras were 
so adjusted as to make each bidder the lowest bidder on one block. 

Mr. Boiling does not make any direct charges of conspiracy on the 
part of the contractors, but he does think it curious that the bids 
should be so close together. Tuesday night he called the attention 
of the Council Street Committee to the matter, and after some dis- 
cussion he was authorized to make awards, at his discretion, spe- 
cifying particularly that, the work shall be completed within a limit- 
ed ime. 

The blocks to be paved are Fourth street from Grace to 
Broad. I hird street from Marshall to Broad, and Marshall street 
from Twelfth to Fourteenth. 

The bidders are I. j. Smith & Co., Thomas A. Barry & Co., J. 
C. Weinbrunn and Charles Gasser." 

This looks like conspiracy and fraud to us but it will continue as 
long as this town is run by a ward elected council. 

Now the lesson is this: Let Boiling run his own department as 
rie k runs his, and that means, do all the other departments that wa> 
and then you'll pretty near have commission government. 

Orthodoxy is SjDiritual Constipation.— Elbert Hubbard. 


Virginia 24 Million 
Dollars In Be 

Exceeded Only by New York 
and Massachusetts 

Than Which States' Virginia's Still 

Many Times Greater In Proportion 

To Assessed Valuation 

The Result of Democratic Machine Rule 

And the Newspapers Never Let the People Know- 
Total Assessed Valuation Bonded Debt 
Massachusetts - - - $4,503,000,000 $105,800,000 
New York - - - $9,000,000,000 $ 26,230,660 
Virginia - - - $ 423,842,680 $ 24.363,795 
The latest figures on the bonded debts of the thrte heaviest bondtd 
States in the Union are given above. 

It will be seen at a glance that New York with 18 times the total 
assessed valuation of property has almost the same debt. 

Massachusetts with more than ten times the assessed valuation has 
only about 4 times Virginia's dtb\ 

From these figures people who are blindly voting our democratic 
machine ticket ought to realize that their votes are responsible for 
the extravagant grafty legislation that makes strangers coming into 
Virginia sneer when the machine papers of the State btug abr lit cur 
glorious new Constitutu n and our honorable law makers and our 
irreproachab'e Stare officials. 


The only reason that .State officials of Virginia are irreproachable 
is that there is not a newspaper in the State that has the back-bone to 
reproach them, when any one nine days old and with his eyes open 
can see that if an opposition party should ever get strong enough here 
to turn on the light the political stench that would aris; would put 
in the shade tne exposures ot Pennsylvania and New York *nd Mis- 
souri and Illinois. 

But Virgniia is lulled to sleep by th'e papers while the wide awake, 
grafters who control so largely the press, continue their game to the 
tune. "Sleep on beloved." 

Everybody is really decent in spots; and I have seen the 
gentle answer completely disarm a grouch who was bent on 
chewing the red rag of wordy warfare. —Elbert Hubbard. 

Cunningham's Salary $ 1 3,000, 
Hawkins' Salary $25,1 
In Fees for Year 1911 

NO one knows just exactly how much the fees of Tax Collector 
Cunningham will amount to this year, but according to Chair- 
man Pollard of the Finance Committee, and Special Account- 
ant Crenshaw, Frank Cunningham's income this year will be $13,- 
000.00 of which the expense and clerk hire will be about $5,000.00, 
leaving $8,000.00 net income for a tax collector who collects no taxes. 
By abolishing this office and letting the people pay their taxes di- 
rect to the treasurer $8,000.00 could be saved to the city annually. 

Commissioner Hawkins' salary for this year is estimated by the 
same ac rountants of the city at $25,000.00 for this year, of which 
about $15,000.00 is paid out for expense and salary account, leaving 
$10,000.00 net income for this one man. 

1 his is twice as much as the Governor of Virginia gets. 
Truly it is high time the fee system were abolished entirely for by 
it at least $15,000.00 could be saved to the tax payers from these two 


offices alone, besides the savings from high salaries to clerks of courts, 

But Virginia is run by a big political machine, with Martin and 
Ellison and Byrd and Flood, etc., pulling the wires, while the pcor, 
ignorant voters damn the machine and then vote for the men the ma- 
chine puts up. Glorious land cf liberty, this! 

"Liar, Fool, Black- 
guard, Fanatic" 

Times-Dispatch Calls Dn Cannon 

Sister Hemphill's Paper, the "Supreme", Says It's Wet 

Because "We Are Inclined Td Accept the Views of 

Those Actually Engaged in the Business" 

In an editorial in the Times-Dispatch of Feb. 22nd, concerning 
certain cotton legislation now pending before 'he Senate, are these 
woids: "Upon this matter, as on all others, we are inclined to accept 
the views of those who are actually engaged in the business." 

Let's apply that to whiskey legislation now desired in Virginia; 

The Times-Dispatch says. "We are inclined to accept the views 
of those who are actually engaged in the business" — the barkeepers 
and distillers. 

And yet this same paper lost its head entirely when the Ami-Sa- 
loon League stated that the Times-Dispatch because it took whiskey 
ads. was on the same level with the white-aproned barkeeper, and then 
in a fit of frenzy the "Supreme" called James Cannon who wroie the 
report a "liar", "fool", "blackguard", "slanderer", "fanatic", "pa. c t- 
master in the art of billingsgate", and in a class with "dogs, sorcerers, 
whoremongers, murderers and idolaters", when after that report had 
been written and on the very day the Anti-Saloon League was called 
together, the editor of the Times- Dispatch had ackowledged that it 


w.ts with them purely a question of "business" just as it is with the 
barkeeper, and just as Cannon had said it was, as on all other ques- 
tions, "we are inclined to accept the views of those actually engag- 
ed in the BUSINESS." 

No, not morals, but business moves the "Supreme" for the whisk- 
ey business :>ays much monies into the treasury of the T.-D. 

The Times-Dispatch some two years ago slandered Secretary 
IVlcA lister of the .Mnti-^alocn League, sajing that at Grove Avenue 
Church he used language unfit to print in that paper. It developed 
that he said that whiskey was being sold by "scarlet women." 

Mow the Times-Dispatch puts Cannon in a class with "whore- 

A'e enquire to know of the Bryan boys and sister Hemphill 
which term is most polite, "scailet woman" or "whore" and why 
Ift this "fool" Dr. Cannon make this paper lose its head and its 

Yes, courtesy is catching. — Libert Hubbard. 

Strong men can always afford to be gentle. Only the weak 
are intent on "giving as good as they get." — Elbert Hub- 
bari. t 

Adopts Commission Plan 

At a special election held the other day, Lynn, Massachu- 
setts, voted to abandon its present city charter and adopt 
government by commission. There were three propositions 
before the voters: first, the repeal of the old charter, and 
then the alternative of two plans — the one drafted under 
the auspices of the Men's Federation and largely indorsed 
by business men, and the other a make-shift, which was 
more in favor with the politicians. The voters indorsed the 
more radical plan, which provides for a government by five 
men to be elected at large every two yeais. Party designa- 
tions are to be done away with, and the primary election 
will be substituted for the caucus. —Ex. 

Most inaccuracies come from not really listening to what 
is said. -^Elbert Hubbard. 


San Diego Charter 

Governed by Commission 

No Ward Representation 

Legislative and Executive Council of Five at salary of 
$2,000 per annum. 

Each councilman is superintendent of a department, as 

Department of Finance, Ways and Means. 

Department of Police, Health and Morals. 

Department of Streets and Public Buildings. 

Department of Fire and Sewers. 

Department of Water. 

Mayor, generalsupervisorv powers and right to veto. Is 
not a member of the Council. 

Subordinate officers and clerical force appointed by Coun- 
cil, on recommendation of department heads. 

Board of Education consists of five members elected at 
large; no salary. 

Park, Cemetery and Library Commissioners appointed by 
the Mayor; no salary. 

Nominations non-partisan, on petition of fifty electors, 
names on primary ballot alphabetically. Candidates taken 
b> placing two highest names upon ballot at general election 
where only one office is filled, and in case of more than one 
office to be filhd, candidates equal to double the number of 
offices are taken from those leading on the primary ticket. 

All ordinances, especially franchises, must be over thirty 
days subject to referendum petition. 

Initiative. On petition of 15 per cent, based on vote of 
Mayor, Council must pass ordinance within twenty days or 
call special election. If petition contains 7 per cent, but not 
15 per cent., must be voted upon at next general election. 

Referendum, On petition of 7 per cent, within thirty 


days from passage of ordinance, the ordinance mast Ee re- 
pealed by Council, or suspended and submitted to vote at 
special or general election. 

Recall must be submitted at special election on 25 per 
cent, petition, — The City Hall. 

The chewing of gum, tobacco or paper as a jaw-exeiciser 
should be eliminated. The world is now pronouncing them 
vulgar, unbusinesslike, useless and silly. — Elbert Hublaid. 

Red Tape 

Four Departments Employed To Get 
Little $4.00 Gas Bill Paid 

"T'HIS morning we went to the city hall to find out why 

■*■ we had not been refunded a small balance due from a 
deposit of $5.00 put up with the city treasurer for gas 
at The Idea office. We had been using gas for heating but 
finding it too expensive, we put in coal instead and ordered 
the gas meter taken out and wrote to the gas department 
that the bill of $4.41 could be paid out of the $5.00 on de- 
posit. (Deposit is required because the buildirg we rent is 
in the hands of the court.) 

The next day the meter was removed and an additional 
bill of 18 cents was sent, making $4.59, so that there should 
have been refunded to us 41 cents out of the $5. 00 deposited. 

Not having received the money, we went to the city hall 
to straighten out the matter. 

On the bottom of the $5.00 receipt were the words: "Pre- 
sent to gas inspector for refund." So we took the papers 


to the gas office. In the gas office a clerk directed us to the 
treasurer's office, saying that the gas bill was to be paid to 
the treasurer before the $5.00 refund could be made. 

We went to the treasurer's office where we were told to 
go either to the auditor's office or the tax collector's office. 
We decided tu go to the tax collector's office, but as 
the clerk there could not find the bill, he kindly offer- 
<ed to see what he could do to straighten the matter out, and 
left the room for information. He soon returned, made an- 
other search and finally located the bills and then went with 
us to the auditor's office to get the $5.00. There the auditor 
stated he would have to have an order from the gas inspec- 
tor first We started again towards the gas office but sug- 
gested to the clerk the shortest way would be to pay him 
the gas bill and then see the gas inspector, so, going back 
£3 the tax collector's office we started to pay him the $4.59 
and were told it was now $5.05, 10 per cent, having been 
•added for collecting, when no attempt had been made to 
collect and when they had the $5.00 three months in ad- 
vance and we should be getting per centage for their use of 
the money instead of paying them for collecting from them- 

Since the tax collector was being paid 46 cents for doing 
nothing, we asked when he would attempt to collect, To 
this we got no reply. We paid the bill $5.05 without pro- 
test and proceeded to the gas inspector to collect the $5.00 

The gas inspector this time endorsed the receipt and sent 
us to the auditor, who after much questioning and red tape, 
asked us to sign in a large book for the $5.00 and we were 
given an order on the treasurer for the $5.00. 

In the treasurer's office we had to sign another book be- 
fore getting the $5.00. 

After making 8 different trips to four different city de- 
partments and paying 46 cents for our trouble and spending 
about an hour's valuable time, the exchange of 5c was final- 
ly consummated. 

Let your dress be quiet, neat and not too fashionoble.—- 
Elbert Hubbard. 


Saunders Case Jigra/n 

The March Term of the Supreme Court has begun and the case of 
Clyde W. Saunders against the Williams Printing Company and A. 
A. Yoder for $25,000.00 damages on appeal from a verdict of 
$1,600.00 from the Law and Equity Court has again been put off 
until the November Term, because attorney Scott, whom the Court 
permitted to maliciously and venomously libel and slander the editor 
of The Idea in the lower court, had just recovered from a case of 
typhoid fever and was desirous of postponing until he got in letter 

Now we dare remark that Attorney Scott will have to get in pow- 
erful good trim before he'll ever convince the Supreme Court that 
The Idea ever dreamed of slandering Clyde Saunders. 

WE have a coarse, commonplace definition of bribery. 
We limit it to the seen, the actual, the tangible. We 
do not get beyond dollars and cents, check-book and 
share, cigars and champagne. When we are told that an 
elector has been bribed to stay away from the polls we think 
of the money involved; when we are informed that a legis- 
lator. has sold his vote we connote stock certificates, ready 
money. This we call bribery, and we condemn it not so much 
becaise it is bribery, but because the coarseness, the obvious- 
ness of the transactions repels us. 

But bribery has no such limitation. It is not confined to 
certain classes of men; it is known of all men. And few 
there be who are not bribed a thousand times in the month. 
Some men, indeed, sell themselves each minute: they huck- 
ster their way thu life, and by lip repentance on their death- 
beds attempt to bribe their way into Heaven. For bribery 
is the giving of one's self for a dole — selling the soul for a 
pittance— bartering the will for a toy. 

Have you an original thought? Beware of the Biibei! 


Have you resolved with all the native forces of your soul to 
do this or that? Beware of the Briber] Have you in mind 
some great enterprise? Beware of the Briber! Does your 
course run counter to the prejudices of your environment? 
Beware of the Briber! He stands with flaming sword at 
every gate you knock upon, and his spawn are in ambuscade 
along the highways of Will— The Philistine, 

And so with youth. He sells his soul for sweet-meats. If 
there be aught in him superior to his companions, he is 
bribed to keep to the common level. He is assaulted gaily 
from all sides, pelted with roses, and enmeshed in a sweet 
tangle of seductive sights and sounds. The dream of an en- 
larged and mightier self soon fades into the light of common 
day. He stands with much in his hands, but with nothing 
in his heart. The figure of mighty Thor that shone in the 
heavens for him has shrunk to manikin size. — Elbert Hub- 

SPar/c 77/usic for ^People 
Slle</al, Says tPollard 

97/usic and Whiskey for Councilmen 
Well, 7J hat's jinother Question 

In regard to the M usic-in-the- Parks Ordinance pending before the 
Council, City Attorney Pollard has rendered a decision as to the law, 
and informed the council that under its present charter and laws the 
city cannot appropriate money for park music. 

The following is an extract from Pollard's opinion: 
"I am, therefore, constrained to hold that the appropriation pro- 
posed to be made for music in the parks during the summer cannot 
be legally made under the charter of the city of Richmond, rtor un- 
der any general law in force applying to the cities and towns of the 


Now let us turn to the question of music, cigars, whiskeys and 
wines for the Councilmen and we find no desire on the part of the 
council to go according to law, but large sums are spent for such 
things by the council, notably last year when Taft was tendered a 
big banquet at which councilmen got drunk (this we saw with our 
own eyes) off the tax payers' money, and tho the entertainment com- 
mittee was so ashamed of their illegal action that they wculd rot pei- 
mit the public to know how much was spent for drinks, still the bill 
was ordered paid by their votes. 

(The incident above referred to is the one in which Barton Grun- 
dy refused to read in open committee meeting the liquor account for 
the Jefferson Hotel Banquet and Auditor Warren refused to let The 
Idea man see the vouchers paying the money.) 

This is democratic government, you know. 

How Grand Juries 
Are Fixed in Rich- 
mond and Why 

A Ring Politician Foreman of 

Every Grand Jury Except One 

for the Last 14 Months 

SOME time last Summer in the interest of law enforcement 
we swore out a warrant against C. Manning, Jr., for 
interfering with an officer in that we had proof that he 
had used his power as police commissioner to prevent Chief 


of Police Werner from doing his sworn duty in permitting 
flagrant violation of the House of 111 fame Law. 

On that occasion, Commonwealth's Attorney Folkes, who 
had taken oath to prosecute offenders against the law, turn- 
ed his back on his oath and urged Justice John to dismiss the 
case against Manning. 

Justice John obeyed the behest of his ring advisers and 
very gladly dismissed the case. 

We then decided to take the case before the Grand Jury 
and on legal advice decided to prefer charges, not against 
Manning, but against the Chief of Police for gross misfeas- 
ance, misdemeanor and neglect of official duty. 

Accordingly when the next Grand Jury met charges sup- 
ported by documentary evidence duly sworn to and attes- 
ted, were preferred against Major Werner. 

At the last minute it was discovered that L. Z. Morris who 
had gone on C. Manning's bail a few days before and who 
is a member of the Board of Directors of the Police Benevo- 
lent Association, was foreman of the jury, and councilmen 
Reynolds, Garber and Ferguson were members of the jury. 
Immediately we knew the case against the chief was dead, 
but we decided to give the jury the privilege of saying so, 
which they accordingly did. 

The next Grand Jur> being the November Term, we found 
was in charge of another ring politician, C. E. Wingo, ex- 
legislator, with Jno. A. Curtis and others to back him up. 

No charges were brought before that jury. 

In December Chas. F. Taylor of the Fire Board was fore- 
man, with brewer Fritz Sitterding and others to back him 

In January John H. Frisckhorn, Ex-Fire Board member, 
was foreman with legislator John A. Curtis and others to 
back him up. 

In February Chas. F. Taylor, (Fire Board), was again 
foreman, backed up by Jno. S. Harwood, Jno. A. Curtis, 
legislators, and Jno. Lynch, councilman. 

All this showed us there was, indeed, something rotten in 
the grand jury system of Richmond, so we decided to look 
farther back still, and so for the last fourteen months we 
have gotten a list of the grand juries and we find that, in 


every instance, except one, a ring politician was foreman and 
that the same old ring crowd was taking turns at serving on 
the jury, Chas. F. Taylor serving as Foreman in May, De- 
cember and February, three times out of eight consecutive 
grand juries. 

Now this has not simply been the case for the last 14 
months, for it will be remembered that this same Chas. F. 
Taylor was also foreman of the grand jury that whitewash- 
ed affairs some eight or ten years ago when Clyde Saunders 
was mixed up with Jackson Wise and,othe.s in election 

And the rotation continues while the daily papers keep 

Below is a list of the grand jury foremen for the last four- 
teen months: 

Jan. 1910, R. L, Peters, Foreman, Pres. City Council. 
Feb. " J. H. Frischkorn, Ex-Fire Board. 
March ' L. Z. Morris, Police Ben. Association. 
April " A. C. Harman, Legislator. 
May " Chas. F. Taylor, Fire Board. 
June A. H. Christian, (J. H. Frischkorn on the jury.) 

July " Sam'l. Cohen. 
Oct. " L. Z. Morris. 
Nov. " C. E. Wingo. 
Dec. " Chas. F. Taylor. 
Jan. 1911. Jno. H. Frischkorn. 
Feb. " Chas. F. Taylor. 


Besides this list of "respectable", professional jurors, we 
find a bunch of underlings, gentlemen-of- leisure, bar-loung- 
ers, political parasites who eke out an existence by their ju- 
ry service. 

They are of a class with the prospective juryman who a 
few years back in this city was asked in court by a lawyer 
what his occupation was, he replied: "At night I'm watch- 
man at a tobacco factory and in the daytime I serve on 
jury duty." 

Of this class is John H. Gardner, who has often served in 
all the courts as juryman. He was in the Law and Equity 


Conn and alone stood for heavy damages in the Saunders libel suit. 
We have seen him doing jury duty in the Circuit Court, and we find 
ihim even on the grand jury twice recently, in April and July of last 
year. And how did he get there? 

Well, he can he found on all occasions hanging around "conven- 
ient like", but the court record explains it. It is as follows.* — 

"July Term, 1910, 

There not appearing this day a sufficient number of grand jurors 
tfrom the list selected according to law to compose a regular grand 
jury according to law for this term the Court does direct that John 
H. Gardener and L, C Figg, bystanders, be sworn to supply the 

With such a grand jury system every crook in the city knows tha* 
he may violate the laws with impunity just so long as he stands in 
with the ling crowd that sees to it that they dominate the grand ju- 
ries of the commonwealth. 

This is why a public official may be guilty, according to law, of a 
peniteutiary offence' as was the case in Richmond in the last few 
months, and not even have to lose his gob. 

This is why brothels are kept open in utter defiance of law, and 
the Commonwealth's Attorney smiles when he is reminded of his 

This is why bar-rooms daily violate the law in Richmond by sell- 
ing for whiskey, rank poisons, chemical concoctions, which "knock- 
out" their victims and make law breaking demons of them. 

This is why our Sunday Laws and Selling-Alcohol-to-Minors 
Laws and Gambling Club Laws are openly violated even by public 
officials, and yet "The Idea" is blamed for jumping on Judge Witt 
whose sworn business it is to insure to the city a pure jury system. 

We rejoice that Judge Witt has quit drinking to excess since The 
Idea appeared on the scene, but his sins of omission are greater than 
his sins of commission and he permits his office to be degraded, as 
portrayed in this number, to the everlasting shame and disgrace of 
the citizens of Richmond, a city composed so largely of the bes' peo- 
ple under the sun. 

J. H. Tilden says that the fear of disease spread abroad 
by doctors is the cause of more deaths than the White 
Plague. — The Philistine. 

They Are Coming From All 
Over Virginia, 

To Hear The 

Eugene V, Debs 

At the City Auditorium. 

Ttfonday 9?i ff ht, 

March 27th, 1911 

The Most Gifted and Popular 
Speaker in America Today 



Vol. V. 

a, 19U 

No. 4 




Being some sermonettes published Monthly for the common good at 
Richmond, Va., by Adon A. Yoder, editor, publisher and printer, 
1106 Capitol Street, Richmond, Virginia. Phone Monroe 2708. 


We Were sentenced to jail last year by ''Justice John" for 
an article en titled as above. We took an appeal and the 
Commonwealth's Attorney decided it was tco hot to handle 
and so had the case thrown out of court. We want to say 
that we have taken another walk through Mayo street and 
the adjacent social evil section under the watchful care of 
the fatherly Police Commissioners. And what do you reckon 
we found there this time? 

Near the corner of Mayo and Franklin streets we found 
three Bawdy Houses with large yellow "For Rent" signs on 
them, with Richeson & Outchfield as rental agents. 

Now the fact that the son of "Justice John" is in the 
rental business in the Red Light Section No. 1, and the fact 
that the father of Commissioner Gordon was renting to a 
lewd woman in protected Red Light District No, 2 (C. Man- 
ning testified that this section, on lower 8th street, was pro- 
tected also), don't necessarily mean anything. Oh, no! 
But these facts taken with the fact that "Justice John", in 
the police court dont put these women in jail, and the Po- 
lice Commissioners, instead of doing their sworn duty, do 
keep the pictures of these women and protect them in their 
crime, are what a profane man would call "damned sig- 

Now watch some of these Pharisaical (appoligies to the 
Pharisees) politicians, who permit vile shows to "damn" 
every day in the week for boys and girls to laugh at, 
throw up their hands in holy horror at the awful crime of 
"The Idea." 

A face, like a woman, is best known "en deshabille."- 
The Philistine. 

<* IDEA 


VOL. V. APRIL, 1911 No. 4 

Five Cents a Copy 50 Cents a Year 

Published Monthly on Saturday by A DON A. Yoder 

1106 Capitol Street, Richmond, Va. 

In Letting Engineering Contracts 
for the City of Richmond 

NOW comes the complaint that the contract for the River 
Bridge to cost about $250,000 was let to I. J. Smith & 
Co., tho they were not the lowest bidder. Ever since 
Engineer Boiling made "Buckling" blunders in building the 
settling basin and flume, where by graft and extravagance 
the tax payers lost thousands and tens of thousands of dol- 
lars, on through the questionable deals in letting contracts 
for the electric plant and the costly and flagrant blunders in 
grading Fairmount for which the citj< has already had to 
pay in damages thousands of dollars— and the end is not 
yet—, through the Broad Street "Buckling" sewer mess, 
the cobble stone farce, the West End Mud Hole blunders, 


the grain graft, the Burton sewer contract investigation up 
to the present bridge building, there has arisen fiom Engin- 
eer Boiling's department continuous smell of graft, extrava- 
gance, incompetency and favoritism until every tax paying, 
fair-minded citizen has to conclude, whether he likes the ge- 
nial personality of the City Engineer or not, that when it 
becomes necessary for an employe, in order to hold his job, 
to do things, for which, when the light of publicity is turn- 
ed on, with the consequent councilmanic charges and inves- 
tigations, he must kill himself, the City Engineer is abso- 
lutely incompetent to hold down his job and that govern- 
ment of a city Richmond's size by a council of 64 always al- 
lows room for graft and gross extravagance. 

Besides this, did not it ever strike yoy, as ridiculous that 
you have practically no voice in electing the man who ha- so 
much to do with spending nearly every cent of the city's 
annual budget. 

Government by commission with the initiative, referen- 
dum and recall is the only thing that will ever do away with 
graft, incompetency and extravagance, and render the name 
of city politician really respectable and a title to be proud of 
as that of "a servant to all." 

Where there is so much smell we are forced to conclude 
that there is something rotten, incompetency and favorit- 
ism in the engineer and favoritism and graft in the council. 

Did you know that The Idea print shop is doing printing 
for three different temperance or anti-liquor organizations 
and four religious or secular papers, besides many churches, 
Sunday Schools. Societies, preachers and moral leaders? 
They not only bring the work to us because they want to 
encourage the fight against evil but because they want it 
well done. 

One of the foremost artists in Richmond was much sur- 
prised at the perfection of some half tone work we did for 
him. You see when The Idea is printed the object is to get 
it out on time, sacrificing looks to speed, but when we print 
for you, why it's just got to be done right. Just see if it is 
not so. 1106 Capitol street. 



Machine Man or 

Clean Man, 


Some Side Lights on the Sena- 
torial Situation and State 

T^HE senatorial fight is waxing warm and the sarcastic 
* Garter Glass, one time chief wire puller of the Lynch- 
burg district Democratic machine and supporter of 
Martin and Flood, the recognized Political Bosses of the 
State, is seen in the role of damning the machine that gave 
him his little job in Washington. 

About two weeks ago in opening his campaign at the Ac- 
ademy of Music Glass took a fling at Richmond's political 
boss, Clyde Saunders, while those who knew Glass' reputa- 
tion in Lynchburg as political boss of that town either mar- 
velled or snickered according to their knowledge of politics. 
Glass is about as much hated in the Hill City as boss Clyde 
is in Richmond and when the Richmond Ring was in a des- 
perate fix from being exposed by The Idea last year Boss 
C(y)arter not cnly ocejcd orders and hurried to Richmond to 
help out his political machine friend here but practiced the 


dirtiest kind of deceit in a telephone message to Tildera 
Sherer in which a part of a letter was quoted. 

This half truth amounted practically to a lie in that it de- 
ceive Sherer into believing the publisher of The Idea had 
apologized for charges brought against Glass when the pub- 
lisher had sworn on the witness stand he had not so apolo- 

There are many who think this dirty transaction had more 
to do with putting the publisher in jail by alienating friends 
and financial aid when they were most needed, than any ev- 
idence brought out in the trial, for the evidence all proved 
the charges made in The Idea. 

He fought and did dirty work for the machine which he 
now finds it good politics to expose. 

The South Boston News charges Glass with lack of cour- 
age, injustice, ingratitude, mendacity and cowardice; the 
very thing The Idea charged him with five years ago. 

in spite of all this, if w r e were asked to advise whether to 
vote for Glass or Martin, we would state, ''Vote for Glass" 
the lesser of two evils. 

He's less in ability (for doing evil) in the first place, and 
besides the plutocratic element in both Republican and Dem- 
ocratic parties are for his opponents, altho Glass did join 
with Aldrich and the enemies of the people in voting for the 
tariff on lumber. 

The question is not who is the best man but who is the 
"least worst" man. 

By all means the old ring, one of the crookedest state rings 
in the Union, should be broken, and the men behind the new 
movement who find Glass the most available candidate just 
now are the cleanest men in politics in the Old Dominion. 

Bequeathing a Knot Hole 

Senator Young Springs a Good One In Advocating 

Commission Government As Opposed To 

Graft Government 

Senator Young, of Iowa, in a speech in the Senate on 
April the 10th, said: — 

"A man in Arkansas told me the best story illustrating 


how men become used to graft. An employe of a grain ele- 
vator discovered a knot-hole near the bottom of a bin. He 
plugged it with a eorn cob, and when night came he stole 
bags of grain. Every night for twenty-five years he stole a 
wagon load of grain, and when he died he tried to bequeath 
that knot-hole to his heirs as part of his estate. This illus- 
trates the acceptance of the situation and the legitimacy of 
graft. ' ' 

Young explained in detail the Des Moines system whereby 
the five commissioners may be recalled or the entire city 
government revolutionized at a single election. 

"Gut out the city council." he said. "Ninety per cent of 
all municipal functions are executive, and vet every munici- 
pal government has been organized on the supposition that 
at least one-half of the municipal functions were legislative. 

"In the interest of honesty in public life we all owe it to 
ourselves not to complicate the government, but to further 
simplify it, 

"It is gaatifying to know that numerous cities are consid- 
ering the improvement in the form of government known as 
the commission plan, and it is gratifying that it is success?- 
ful wherever in operation." 

How Do the Prospective Senators Si and? 

There is perhaps no more hardworked body of men in the 
United- States than the Railway Mail Clerks, ;b 

The Post Office department is now taking steps to prevent 
the mail clerks from organizing by asking them to sign a 
pledge wmich reads in part as follows:— '*A 

"We will not join any brotherhood or labor union whiie>#i1 
this service." >n'n 

This interference with the rights of citizens by the poftfci? 
cal powers is being enquired into by Senator LaFallotte, aVid 
we would suggest that Virginia mail clerks ask their sena- 
tors and representatives how they stand on this questional! 
their liberties. Before election is the only time to get a mail 
chine politician committed to the righting of any abuse^amd 
then they may turn turtle on you. >Hj ni 


Reign of Crime 

"Politicals-Disorderly H o u s e - 

keeper Given Light Sentence 

and Why 

The Idea's Letter Had Its Effect 

(Exact copy of article— first printed Nov. 6, 1909 — for which we 
were sem to jail. See editorial on another page.) 

On the 27th the Editor of The Idea sent a letter to the Mayor 
calling his attention to the sworn evidence convicting two parties of 
maintaining a house of ill fame. That letter appeared in The Idea 
on the 30th ult.. and on the 28th the authorities hailed into court the 
two women who ran the places. One of these parties was fined $100 
and jailed for 30 days, which sentence was appealed. The other case 
was postponed until the 2nd of November. Now this party, Sophie 
Mallov. operated a notorious assignation house on lower Main Street 
under the protection of the police department, for certain party offi- 
cials were interested in the house. Justice John called the place the 
worst in the city and yet read carefully how the case turned out. 

There were two charges against the woman— one of selling whis- 
key without license and the other for keeping a disorderly house. 
She was dismissed on the first charge, although the evidence was con- 
vincing that she was guilty as she had sold to the Conway-Torrence 

On the second charge, keeping a house of ill fame, her attorney, 
Mr. Pollock, plead guilty for her and she was fined one hundred dol- 
lars. On the similar charge Maggie Lee of 14 Jackson Street had 
been fined $100 and sentenced to jail for 30 days. Now the question 
arises why was this distinction made? And the answer is to be found 
in the fact that the Mallov woman, or, as the papers are careful to 


dignify the creature, "Miss Malloy," had a decided pull or influence 
with the powers that be. Her place has enjoyed the favors of those 
who have a strong influence with the police commissioners and the 
court, and it would have opened the eyes of the citizens if they could 
have seen the interest police commissioners and political powers had 
m the outcome as was evidenced by their presence and position in 
the police court. 

The judge occupied a very uncomfortable position between his 
duty on the one hand and his desire to please the powers that be on 
the other, for these powers that be were on hand to see that things 
went well. Chris. Manning sat and Douglas Gordon stood behind 
Justice John and engaged him in conversation during the course of 
the trial. Gilbert Pollock represented the M alloy woman, while W. 
P. Leaman whispered in Pollock's ear and that combination of Man- 
ning. Gordon and Pollock, and Leaman with Justice John, is respon- 
sible for the fact that this notorious character, who has operated for 
years in the same place and known to the police the worst kind of a 
joint for the ruination of young girls and for the illegal meetings of 
married women with other men, was simply given a fine and no jail 
sentence was passed upon her, although for a similar offense another 
woman on the same kind of evidence, though not quite as convicting 
evidence of same parties was fined the same amount and jailed thirty 
days. There is absolutely no doubt that the woman who go' the 
lesser sentence was guilty of the greater crime. But unfortunately 
for Maggie Lee, police commissioners and others in authority did 
not grace the occasion with their presence. 

Justice John has no excuse to offer for his light sentence for so fla- 
grant a crime. 

The Idea has all along claimed that there was a corrupt alliance 
between the trade in vice and the police department and that was 
openly shown by the apparent reluctance of the judge in passing sen- 
tence and the lightness of the verdict and the presence of the police 
commissioners and others. Gilbert Pollock was visibly delighted at 
the outcome as were others interested. It is a shame on the fair name 
of the city that such bold schemes can be pulled off openly in courts 
of justice. And the Mayor, made by the political ring, his enemies 
if he knew it, dares not say a word against the gross miscarriage of 

But wait ! A time of reckoning will come. 


IN this number we are reprinting the article entitled 'Reign of 
Crime" for which we were sent to jail by the Hustings Court. 
At that time the Times-Dispatch heralded it btoadcas-t over the 
State that we did not take an appeal because our connection with an- 
other "had been proven." This was a lie and a damaging slander 
which we could not right because of a circulation and consequent in- 
fluence so much less than that of the "Supreme." On account of 
such hostility of the press it got abioad that we in accepting the sen- 
tence admitted tha 1 : we had done a crime or wrong, while the real 
reason for taking the sentence was our financial inability o continue 
the legal expense. 

We have never admitted any wrong or even error or mistake in that 
connection for the simple reason that no such 'wrong or mistake was 
made and we stand today where we have always stood, on the truth 
and righteousness of that arti :le. 

The motive, neither money nor malice, was our duty to our day 
and generation in righting, as far as possible, existing wrongs. 

Our motive today in reprinting that article is the same. — to show 
an unholy alliance between the government of Richmond — the peo- 
ple's paid protectors — and the vice and crime of Richmond— the peo- 
ple's outlawed enemies. 

Another secondary motive is to show the public that The Idea 
will not fail to perform a duty for fear of such a little thing as a jail 
sentence and $100.00 fine. 

We want to show the public, as we believe they are beginning to 
find out. despite newspaper lies that The Idea publisher will go to 
jail for the right and then, tho embarassed in finance and reputation, 
will continue with all his force the same duty of fighting evil even to 
the extent of publishing and reiterating, word for word, the very arti- 
cle for which he was jailed. It happens to be true, we proved it to 
be true then, and the existence of whole sections in which crime is 


protected shows it to be true today and in need of the publicity we 
are giving it. 

We also give in this number some other side lights on the state of 
affairs in the crime protected section. 

It is high time the publio were demanding an accounting of those 
officials sworn to execute the law r who have set up a treasonable and 
anarchical section within the confines of the State and have said to 
the sovereign people of the state 

'Within the confines of this section the sovereign laws of the com- 
monwealth are void; we will run this criminal section according to 
OUT own rules and regulations and in defiance of all your State laws, 
and even in defiance of our own oaths of office according to which 
we swore to enforce your laws." 

Fake Club Wants License Renewed. 

Under date of April 11th, The Helena Club of 2223 East 
Main Street, commonly known as Botto's Place, gives notice 
by advertisement in the papers, that it will make application 
to Judge Witt on the 27th inst. for license to dispense intox- 
icating liquors to its members and guests. 

This is the fake club near the Molloy house that has been 
operated as a gambling joint and place for the illegal sale of 
whiskey for years. 

This place has become one of the five notorious fake clubs 
of the city and this fact is well known to the police, who do 
nothing. Now, we learn that Judge Witt is allowed $25.00 
a month for detective servic which we understand is regu- 
larly paid to a man who was just recently fined $100.00 for 
being drunk, etc. 

Now the point is this: if there were a real big desire to 
break up lawlessness and crime in Richmond, why don't 
Judge Witt put a real detective after this fake club and re- 
fuse a license on the 27th of this month? 

Or does this fake club enjoy special favors. 


Saunders, Mills, Pollock, Man- 
ning, Leaman to Run 

If Richmond were to adopt the commission plan of govern- 
ment, modelled after Des Moines, with the initiative, refer- 
endum and recall, acd if the ring crowd should put up and 
elect Clyde Saunders Commissioner of Finance, Morgan 
Mills of Water and Electricity, Gilbert Pollock of Streets and 
Sewers, Chris. Manning of Public Buildings and Improve- 
ments and Dutch Leaman of Police and Public Safety, (would 
not "Dutch" make a fine manipulator of the police force?) 
Richmond would be infinitely better governed than at 
present by a council of much better average men. And why? 
Because each commissioner would know that if his depart- 
ment were not run right they could call an election at any 
time and make Mr. Leaman, for instance, stand for re-elec- 
tion without waiting until the next regular election. And 
then too, he'd have to go before the whole people for re- 
election, not before a little ward where he might be able to 
influence enough ward heelers to carry the day for him. 

That's the way they did in Des Moines. The ring crowd 
elected their men the first time, but even that ring crowd 
saved hundreds of thousands of dollars the very first year, 
because they knew they could not afford not to. The people 
had a tool of government which they could work. 

But Richmonders practically don't have a say, or a smell 
in their government, save the smell of graft. Selah ! 

Instead of worrying over the gambling in Noifolk it would be well 
for the Governor to see about the wide open gambling dens in Rich- 
mond right under his own nose. Besides, there's the State Fair As- 
sociatiun that needs looking after every fall and the red light violatois 
of State law which the police make no pretence of enforcing. 


A Lesson from the Mexican Revolution 

Wall Street Arrayed Against the Mexican Poor 

Abingdon, Va., March 16, 1911. 
Editor, The Idea:— 

Besides the great ethical and humanitarian principles in- 
volved in the Mexican situation, there is a practical and ec- 
onomic side that should concern American labor, deeply. If 
the American workingman does not feel for bleeding, and 
enslaved brothers across the Mexican border, he should, in 
his own interest, contemplate the consequences to himself, 
and to his own cause, that must and will ensue as corollary 
to the perpetuation of the peon-slave system, established 
and maintained by Porfeiro Diaz in Mexico. 

Where the carcass is, there will the vultures be gathered 

The peon slave system of Mexico is a meaty carcass, and 
oar barons of finance have about one and one half billions 
of dollars invested there, taking advantage of the cheap la- 
bor the system compels. 

The revolution that is on in Mexico seeks to overthrow 
this peon-slave system and establish a system guaranteeing 
a higher standard of life to labor. 

Our economic barons, who have these vast holdings in 
Mexico also controll all branches of our government, abso- 
lutely. In point of numbers they are a mere handful, yet 
so vast is their wealth and economic power that they braz- 
enly manipulate the functions of our government just as 
though it was their private asset, and we see in consequence 
a spectacle unprecedented in modern times — the military- 
powers of a great Nation being prostituted to the private 
uses of a handful of buccaneers. 

Many cunning and specious rumors will be sown through 
their press, seeking to vindicate these military movements: 
Japanese treachery and diplomacy,— European pressure, — 
insecurity of life and property, etc. But to the intelli- 
gent man, having the facts in mind, there can be but one 
true reason, i. e. the perpetuation of the system and condi- 
tions that afford such a fabulously profitable field for invest- 
ment and exploitation in Mexico. 


Capital always seeks out the cheapest labor in production, 
and this is the factor that most largely detei mines where 
production will be located. The peon slave labor market of 
Mexico will be utilized and exploited to the fullest in the pro- 
duction of many commodities that will be sold on our mark- 
et, and would be produced here if peon-slave labor in Mexico 
was not cheaper than wage-slave labor in the United States. 
This tends to bring our labor in sharp competition with that 
of the Mexican slave-peon, and it is an economic law that 
labor, under the accursed capitalist system, tends constantly 
to the lowest level. This being true, it follows that the for- 
tunes of the Mexican slave are closely allied with our own. 
and his continuous enslavement cannot fail to react disast- 
rously to us. 

But what can we do about it? Nothing; absolutely noth- 
ing, but sit upon the base of our spines and howl; and that 
will not benefiit either us or our enslaved brothers across the 
border. If we get too demonstrative we will get our throats 

We have placed the colossal powers of our government in 
the hands of our economic masters and must keep quiet or 
get it in the neck. We have had abundant demonstration 
of this fact, on many occasions during labor troubles, but 
we don't seem to learn. The politician rounds us up just 
before the election and passes around the cigars, tells us a 
few choice old chestnuts, and our memory leaves us; then 
we do the same fool thing again — vote ourselves into con- 
tinued bondage. 

I say we can do nothing now to help the peon-slave of 
Mexico. It is too late to help him. 

The guns, and bayonets, and bullets that we have made so 
"patriotically" will be used toterrorize these poor half-fam- 
ished creatures into submission; there can be no other result. 
But if we value our own lives and liberty, and have any care 
for the poor, helpless offspring that we bring into this 
enslaved world, for the Lord's sake don't let us forget th ; s 
lesson; and next year when the jollv and well-fed politician 
tries to "jolly" us with his booze and his stories, let us place 
the thumb of contempt upon the nose of scorn and wiggle 
the fingers of derision at him, saying; Avaunt traito^! we 
will vote our own class into power; then see how you love 
us." B. M. Dutton. 

Witt Insults the Governor 

. The citizens of Richmond are still wondering why the Al- 
vey Grain Scandal never came to anything. We too have 
tried to find out and our discoveries tend to show why big 
crooks 20 free while poor underlings are scape goats. 

Readers will remember that the negro driver of Alvey, 
the grain dealer, was sent to jail for loading rocks in his 
wagon which were weighed as grain and paid for to Alvey 
Bros. Some of the most influential business men in the city 
who had known the negro for years as honest and trustwor- 
thy, and knowing too that he was not the guilty party, as 
Judge Witt himself acknowledged to one of them after the tri- 
al, petitioned the Governor to pardon the negro. 

The Governor of course wrote to Judge Witt and Com- 
monwealth's Attorney Folkes as is the custom and preced- 
ent, for without their recommendation the Governor seldom 

To the letter of the Governor Judge Witt made no reply and 
Folkes strongly opposed the pardon, according to the 
Governor's letter to Mr. Mayo, who got up the petition. 

A copy of this letter is on file in the Governor's office, 
where inquiry was made on the 12th, and it was learned that 
Judge Witt never did reply to the Governor's letter. 

So the negro served his full term and the Governor did 
not feel free to pardon him because of the attitude of the 
Attorney and the Judge. 

To those who understand politicians this action of Judge 
Witt and Folkes appears to have been taken solely to pro- 
tect Alvej, who reaped the benefit of the grain steal, espe- 
cially after Judge Witt acknowledged the innocence of the 

We regret that lack of space and time prevents us from 
getting in this issue three important articles which will have 
to be delayed. 

Try us with an order for job printing, such as cards, bill 
heads, letter heads, envelopes, etc. Phone, Monroe 2708. 

ym/ the Sih 

If you are not registered and qualified to vote by pay- 
ment of the past three years poll tax (1908, 1909 and 
1910) by May the 6th, next, the gamblers and bums 
of Richmond will rightfully have more say in the fall 
electiDns than you. If politics in Virginia are crooked 
it's your fault. 

ed Light Evil There 

Des Moines, Iowa, commission governed by a council of 5 
has banised the red light evil entirely; so has Milwaukee, 
the only city in America run by the Socialists. 

It's a "necessary evil" in ring ridden Richmond, so the 
police commissioners say. We suppose they mean "neces- 
sary" to themselves, as we are sure the people of Richmond 
don't consider it necessary to them. 

V rAVWaDCSCq&GifS^ODCffiffi^O^affimC!^ 


Vol. V. 


MAY, 191 1 

No. 5 


Bein£ soma sermonettes published monthly for the common good at 
Richmond, Va., by Adon A. Yoder, Editor. Publisher and Printer, 
1108 Capitol Street, Richmond, Virginia. Phor e Monroe 2708. 



In Which Some Things Are 

Said Which Do Not Appear 

In Other Papers* 

Frank Cunningham is dead. But why and how did he 

In the presence of the writer two years or so ago, Cun- 
ningham threatened to take his own life if the Idea held 
him up to scorn. At that time tho moved by his pleadings, 
we felt it our duty to tell the truth about his misappropria- 
tion of funds, for which the law said he should be confined 
in the penitentiary. The newspapers of the city treated the 
matter lightly and the Council whitewashed, and Captain 
Cunningham held his office in utter defiance of law and the 
interests of both himself and the tax payers, and the 
fair name of the city. When recently the City Collector 
was again found short in his accounts, and public sentiment 
had been sufficiently aroused by the Idea to demand facts 
of the press of the city, the newspapers always willing to go 
only so far as the public demands, and never willing to be 
leaders in publishing anything except what "pays," as news 
or as ad-getter, even if it be false, this time published some 
of the facts in the case, and Cunningham took to his bed — 
and died, the public knows not how. It was reported on 
the street that he took his own life. And, because the 
papers did not publish the immediate cause of his death, 
and b?cause the accounts suggest the suicide theory, and 
because of Cunningham's threat to kill himself, it is natural 


for one to suppose that this was the manner of his de- 

The City Accountant in his report just recently published 
finds that the total amount of the collector's shortage, for 
the last five months only, is $4,422.33. This report does not 
go back of last year, and because of the whitewashing and 
loose methods, and the newspaper attitude of the past, it is 
not known how much the city has suffered in the past by 
the mis-appropriation of city funds. 

Besides this, the sum of $600 has been authorized by the 
council to get the Collector's Office books in proper shape. 
It should be stated here however that relatives of the de- 
ceased Collector have paid to the city the sum of $3,522.33 
which settles in full the 1910 shortage. 

Special Accountant Crenshaw's report of the matter offers 
food for thought It shows that Collector Cunningham not 
only mis-appropriated city funds, but made false statements 
to the Accountant about them and begged him not to do his 
duty by reporting the delinquencies. 

In view of the statement of the Collector that he had 
"never wronged any man of a cent," and which was quoted 
by preachers at his funeral, it is appropriate to state that 
every citizen of Richmond has been wronged by this man, 
and tho effeminate men may censure this paper for publish- 
ing facts about the dead, it is nothing but right that the 
people should know exactly how their affairs stand. Senti- 
mentality should not detir one from a duty to draw a lesson 
from the errors or sins of one who has died. 

The object of this article is not to censure Frank Cunning- 
ham for his deeds, but to censure the Machine-run muni- 
cipal management which makes it possible to keep in office 
through sentiment one absolutely unfitted morally to look 
after the interests of tbe people; and to censure the news- 
papers of the city which refuse to use their influence to cor- 
rect such abuses, while the lives of officials are taken in 
grief, and homes are wrecked by suicide because newspapers 
whitewash and thus encourage crime. 

If the daily papers of Richmond had not whitewashed 
these disclosures in the past, when years ago Cuningham's 


books were found short for a small amount, his death would 
not be recorded to-day as a suicide as the result of larger 
peculation, which as many think is to be charged not to Cun- 
ningham's greed, or actual personal use of other people's 
money, but to his being used by the corrupt political bunch 
of grafters, who first got him to look lightly on his obliga- 
tions by getting him drunk and then persuading him to 
lend them the city's funds. These are well known actual 
facts, and the real offenders go unpunished. Cunningham, 
himself told the writer of this article that whiskey was the 
cause of his down fall, and yet the three largest daily papers 
in the city of Richmond not only refuse to help Richmondeis 
throw off this evil, but on the other hand help sell it and 
profit by the sale of it, while they will not let those who act- 
ually handle it and make less out of it than themselves, as- 
sociate with their families, 

If the owners of the Timec-Dispatch had any conscience 
Richmond today would be dry and Captain Cunningham 
would likely be a useful citizen. 

Bat the Times-Dispatch for money helped kill Frank Cun- 

This language not only does not exagerate the situation 
but it fails to make the situation as bad as it really is, and 
the editor of this paper is convinced that the murderer who in 
passion strikes down his fellowman may be, and often is in- 
finitely better than the newspaper owner who for profit par- 
ticipates daily in the murdering of men, women and children, 
as the Times-Dispatch and the News-Leader are doing to-day. 

A friend of the Idea reminds us that in an early number 
nearly two years ago, this paper in commenting on the situ- 
ation in San Francisco, where public officials killed them- 
selves white others fled from the city, stated that the time 
would come whsn Richmond would have the same experi- 
ence. That day has dawned and the end is not in sight, 

In the last few months Cunningham and Bolton have 
died while under investigation and be it known that the 
Idea was not attacking either of them either, but an awak- 
ened public conscience was an immediate cause of their sud- 
en taking off. 


Public interest is doing away with whitewash and old 
Richmond is arousing and shaking harself and within four 
more years the boodle government will have tjppled to de- 
cay and the Idea will take a vacation. 


The other day in police court policeman testified that sten- 
ographers employed in this city had testified to them that 
they "had done wrong" at Belle Hughes' house. They asked 
the police to break up the place and begged not to be made 
to appear in court. Officer Krengle testified that he had 
made a date over the phone twice in the lest sixty days with 
Belle Hughes to meet women at her house for immoral pur 

Such houses are scattered all over the city and immoral 
practices' are on a fearful increase, and such things can not 
but be encouraged by the existence of a protected hot bed of 
crime right in the heart of the city. Crime begets crime. 

Gilbert Pollock Fixes Things 
Thwarts Justice Tho Sworn To Uphold it 

Just day before yesterday John Dunn, notorious pick-pock- 
et thief got his attorney to apply for and furnish $500 bail 
so he could get out of jail and skip town. He was under 
arrest on a charge of robbery that bid fair to land him in 
the penitentiary. Yesterday his name was called in court. 
He did not appear and those who think Gilbert Pollock lost 
$500 may stand on their head. When we first came to Rich- 
mond we were told t'nit Pollock was the official representa- 
tive ot the Pick -pocket's Union, which has headquarters in 
New York City. We could hardly believe it, altho our au- 
thority was the best, for Pollock is a sworn officer of the 
court, and is on oath to support the law, and it did not seem 
possible he would thus reudiate his oath. We have since 
found out what manner of man he is. and also that he inva- 
riably represents the pick-pockets when they get caught. 
And they never lack for attention at his hands, and he is an 
able attorney. No self- respecting attorneys make it a prac- 
tice of going on the bonds of their clients, but when a pick- 
ooeket is ciught, Pith all his influence and money comes to 
his aid. 



Any More Graft ? 

We learn that the police department has bought some six 
or eight new horses in the last several months, altho only 
one mounted policeman has been added to the force during 
that time. 

It seems to be profitable for some one to see to it that 
police horses are sold at a low cost as being unfit for service, 
while others are bought at graft prices. It is even rumor- 
ed that to be able to sell to the department one must "stand 
in" with a certain official. 

It is stated on excellent authority that one horse bought 
by the epaitrrent was so delapidated that the owner had to 
feed him on cooked meal to get him in condition for sale. 
He finally had to be sold at a loss to the department. 



Are you a dreamer; a visionary creature, or just a plain, 
ordinary, short-sighted, practical man. 

Joseph was a dreamer. 

Daniel was a dreamer. 

Isaiah was a dreamer, 

Tom Payne was a dreamer. 

Jesus of Nazareth was the greatest dreamer of them all. 

They saw visions of a kingdom to come— a just govern- 
ment on earth, and they worked, and lived, and died, that 
it might be brought about. The woods are full of ordinary 
practical men. It would take all the choice clay in about 


17,003,000,000 practical Rockefellows to make one good 
dreamer of dreams. Oh! that the world might see a vision 
of the day of justice to come. 


Colliers weekly is running a symposium from newspaper 
editors on the subject: "What is News?" That's easy. 
News is any thing that is of so little importance that the 
advertising manager does'nt care whether it is printed or 
not. — Albuquerque (N. Mex) Journal, 


Dutch Leaman's Friends Plead For judge Witt and 
lustice Crutchfield. 

Many times during the publication of the Idea we have 
been impressed with the class of men who have come to us 
to advise us not to be so hard on certain public officials. 
They have so often been men engaged either in politics or 
some business which profits by the present management, or 
rather lack of management, of city affairs, that we have 
generally gotten a worse opinion of the men than we form- 
erly had, because of the men who spoke for them. 

After keeping away from the City Hall for several months 
we have managed on two or three occasions recently to 
again attend public proceedings in that building. Recently 
after leaving the City Hall we were met on the street by 
"Dutch" (W. P.) Leaman and a policeman whom we had sat 
near in the police court, and whom we had spoken friendly 
to. As we approached Leaman motioned the policeman and 
he came over and addressed us and begged us to "let Justice 
John alone" as he was "a good fellow at heart", and Judge 
Witt, "there isn't a finer fellow anywhere than Judge Witt". 
And Leaman conversed pleasantly for he came to us some 


time ago and desired to make friends with us. 

Now this is not written to censure these men for taking" 
the part of Judge Witt and Justice John. Nor do we doubt 
for a moment that Judge Witt is a most agreeable and lova- 
ble character, and we personally know Justice John's perso- 
nal traits which make him a charming conversationalist and 
pleasant companion. 

But the point we would have ycu see is this, that men like 
Dutch Leaman, and Leaman, too, is a "Jolly good fellow", 
are especially anxious to have the Idea let the Judge alone. 

This means that the element which Leaman represents is 
more than satisfied with Justice John and Judge W T itt. And, 
that is one of the biggest reasons the Idea has for being op- 
posed to these men. Simply because their actions are pleas- 
ing to Leaman and his kind. Now, you know, and w© 
know that if the law was inforced such men would not be 
pleased. You know that if Judge Witt's actions were pleas- 
ing to the best interests of the city they would not be pleas- 
ing to the element Leaman represents. You know, and I 
know, that if juries could not be "fixed" and courts "in- 
fluence.!" it would be dangerous for public officials and pri- 
vate criminals to openly defy the law of the land, and that 
Leaman's interests would be hurt, and he would not be so 
well pleased with Judge Witt. 

This lone little incident ought to show the people exactly 
where Judge Witt, who is often seen in company with Lea- 
man enjoying a social chat, stands. 

When Leaman is pleased the good people of Richmond 
have a right to be tremendously displeased, because their 
interests are opposite. Now, Mr. Good citizen, can you see, 
or shall we knock you down with a brick. 


A setting of fine thoroughbred Black-Breasted Bantam 
eggs . Fine layers. Fine setters. Just the thing for pets. 
$1.25 for setting. Holler quick. 

Harry Yoder, 

309 Minor Street. 
Or call Idea Office, Phone: Monroe 2708. 


When me i think more of money than of morals; when they 
connive with venal politicians to acquire unjust gains; when 
they consider wealth of greater importance than the methods by 
which it is obtained: when men build up fortunes in defiance of 
right and justice; when, by base intrigue and still baser occupa- 
tions, they get rich quickly; when they "add house unto house 
and field unto field and not by right;" when they show utter 
contempt for the weak and defenseless;— only one result can fin- 
ally be expected: the nation will avenge itself upon the wrong- 

The country is aflame today with a desire for better things! 
There is scarcely a voting precinct in any city from Maine to 
Calfornia but soma om is discussing in public this matter of in- 
capacity and corruption in public life. All over the land there 
is a growing demand for "able men who fear God, men of truth, 
hating unjust gain." There is a moral awakening coming. There 
are evidences that the national conscience has bean touched 
to the quick. If not yet, then scon, we shall see the evidence of 
a nation morally quickened. Political revolutions are easy com- 
pared with moral revolutions. We must, therefore, not be dis- 
couraged if improvement is slower than we wish; but we must 
be blind if we do not see the rays of hope on the political hori- 
zon. Many good citizens have labored to effect what we are now 
beginning to enjoy. Many, to their own undoing, have pleaded 
that the affairs of the nation must be set far above private and 
personal gain. 

Ours is not the first Republic called into existence by protest 
against special interests and special privilege. It can no moro 
endure than did others if we invite their fate by ignoring the 
eternal verities of the moral law.— Rabbi J. L. Levy, of Pitts- 
burg, in The City Hall, published in the commission governed 
city of Des Moines. 


Keep cool, go to Barton Heights for the summer. Flat of 
three rooms for rent cheap, to right parties. 

Apply at 309 Minor Street. 


Stop Taking Pictures of 

jor Werner's Art 

Police Department, After Their Acts Are Brought to 

Attention of Grand Jury by The Idea Decide Not 

To Officially Recognize the Red Light District 

Now Police are instructed simply not to see it. Which means 
they must wink the other eye. 

Major Werner, Chief of Police, has gotten orders from Chris. 
Manning and the Police Board not to officially recognize the red 
district any longer ,---not to take any more pictures of lewd wo- 
men and apparently to treat them as ordinary criminals but in 
fact to let them practice their trade in crime as before, only 
without the official sanction of the department. 

You see THE IDEA exposed their "Corrupt criminal alli- 
ance" with vice and crime and brought sworn evidence against 
them to the attention of the grand jury, which grand jury had 
been fixed beforehand so that our charges would be ignored. 

We found that the same bunch of professional grand jurors 
were always in charge, one single man, Chas. F. Taylor, having 
served as foreman of the grand jury three times out of twelve 
consecutive juries. 

Altho juries were fixed, our exposure of this grand jury fixing 
got other officials in hot water, and so orders had to go forth to 
ignore the red light district as THE IDEA'S publicity was get- 
ting the police department into all manner of trouble and it be- 
gan to look as if they might not always be able to "fix" the 
grand jury. 

Now the red light district is the same old evil as before, but 
if you ask Major Werner concerning it he does not know any 


thing about it officially. Privately he knows all about this 
place and knows the women by name but officially he is as 
ignorant as a new born babe, while crime of the basest sort is 
protected by his force within 100 yards of the State Capitol 
Grounds and the Mansion of the Governor of Virginia. 

Justice John Issues Bench 

Warrant and Sentences 

Belle Hughs to jail 

"Because Toder Was Present in Court,' Says Lawyer 

On May 17th, Belle Hughes was being tried in Police Court 
on warrant charging her with stealing a diamond ring worth 
$125.00 from a man who testified he had been taken to house, 
No. 700 E. Marshall Street, "to have a good time" last December 
that he had stayed drunk for several months during which time 
he had bought whiskey repeatedly of the woman and had been 
tricked out of about a thousand dollars of bonds and other 
property besides his wife's diamond ring; that he had seen cou- 
ples come to the house for immoral purposes, that he knew the 
house was nothing but an assignation house. 

When the evidence came out Justice John immediately order- 
ed a bench warrant issued charging Belle Huges with operating 
a house of ill fame. 

On the stealing charge the woman was dismissed. Likewise 
whiskey selling charge the woman was dismissed, altho 
two police officers discovered in her wardrobe concealed back 
under clothing, both whiskey, wine and brandy, and brought it 
into court and stated that she had said when served with the 
warrant, "There is not a drop of liquor in the house." 

On the charge of keeping a house of ill fame, resorted to for 
the purposes of prostitution and lewdness she was sentenced to 
jail for 30 days and fined $100.00. 

IDEA readers will remember the Molloy case in which similar 


evidence was given by two witnesses. At that time THE IDEA 
censured Justice John for not issuing a bench warrant. Finally 
under pressure warrants were issued. 

In the case of Belle Hughes, however, times had changed and 
the editor of THE IDEA was in court for the first time in 8 or 
10 months and when the bench warrant was issued it was rec- 
ognized as evidence of the effect of the existence of "THE 
IDEA", so much so that a lawyer remarked to a friend: "He 
would not have done that if Yoder had not been here." 


ivil Times'* Dispatch 

W. A. Jones, candidate for congress, in his recent speech 
at the Academy of Music, after exposing the rottenness of 
Tom Martin's ring, said: "Oh, my fellow countrymen, en 
what evil times have we fallen? " A voice frcm the audi- 
ence replied, "The Times-Dispatch,'' 

The Idea May Appear Weekly 

Citizens Decide To Back This Paper 
June Issue Out On June 10th 

Citizens of Richmond interested in the cause of gcod gov- 
ernment have been endeavoring for many months to put 
THE IDEA on a firmer basis and finally a concerted move- 
ment has been put on foot to insure the success of the paper. 

Sufficient backing has already been secured to insure the 
continuance of the pulication and to enable the publisher to 
give more time to the work of investigation and reporting 
the proceedings of the Ci;y Council and Council Committees. 

If the pirns of those now interesting 1 themselves mature, 
THE IDEA will be issued once a week. 

Those who desire to see in Richmond a real live, fearless 
weekly paper that will net only not be afraid to expose the 
evil in high places but will be able to follow up the work of 
cleaning up the rotten political situation in this goodly town 
may yet get in touch with the movement by addressing the 
editor 1103 Capitol Street, Richmond. 

The June IDEA will be out June 10th, two weeks from 
date of this issue. 


Now don't read the headlines of this paper and go away 
and say, Yoder jumped on Frank Cunningham alter he was 
dead, but read what THE IDEA says and know that it jump- 
ed the parties to blame for Cunningham's deeds and death. 

Likewise let this thought sort o' permeate your epidermis, 
that THE IDEA never has lent its pages to simply lambast- 
ing men, but has always stated facts which spoke for them- 
selves and often very harshly for themselves. 

Let us also reiterate that the private sins of citizens are 
none of our concern, for we are all sinners, but the public 
acts of public men, especially those which unfit men for 
public service will always be regarded as subject for criti- 
cism, and the Idea will use them for the public good as it 
shall deem best regardless of the consequences to the editor 
or threats of personal harm. 

Now it is not out of place to say that there have come to 
our attention the gross personal sins and crimes of a Rich- 
mond public official who is now under fire for present public 
misdeeds. But the Idea has not, and will not use these 
facts, tho we have been offered fully substantiated affidavits 
to prove them, against this official simply because they have 
to do with his private life in the distant past. And, though 
the publication of these charges would undoubtedly raise 
such a storm of popular indignation as to ruin the public 
career of the guilty party forever, yet it is none of your 
business, nor our business, if those deeds do not unfit the 
man for present service. 


The Id3\. desires to piblicly a2knowledge the receipt of 
Fifty Dollars in money, not a check this time, which w c r s 
placed to the credit of the editor at his bank recently by a 
womin who did not make known her name. The Idea has 
been kept on its feet for more than a year by just such con- 
tributions to the cause of publicity, of which the paper has 
been the exponent. 




*'We" Fixed Jones, Says Manning. 


(YftN Saturday night, May 13th. Congressman Jones, who is 
running for the Senate against "Boss" Tom Martin, 
made a speech in which he said that a few days before a 
friend of his heard Chris Manning, of Richmond, remark, 
"Well, we fixed Jones to-day. We made him pay $3,000 to 
enter the primary, and he will be out of the race by the first 
of June." 

Now in order to find out who "we," as referred to by 
Manning, are, we looked up the records to find who "fixed" 
Jones, by making him pay $3,000 to enter the race, and we 
found that Clyde Saunders, defeated for re-election to the 
City Democratic Committee by the Idea's exposure two 
years ago, but still a member of the State executive com- 
mittee, offered a motion when the committee met on May 
3rd, to fix the primary fee at $3,100, and that he finally 
"agreed" to a reduction to $3,000. 

We also found that the only two Richmond men from the 
Third district on the Democratic Executive Committee are 
Clyde Saunders and Simon Solomon. 

Readers of the Idea are familliar with the deal whereby 
Clyde Saunders and Chris Manning got some one thousand 
a piece of " boodle" money for their "influence with coun- 
cilmen" in connection with the Telephone scandal a few 
years ago. And, Richmonders know who Simon Soloman, 
politician of checkered career and "peculiar" reputation is. 
He is now "employed," nominally at least, in the office of 
Joe Button, state Insurance Commissioner, and also, a mem- 
ber of the State Domocratic Executive Committee, (not as 


from Richmond however, but from the Tenth district, where 
he holds his legal residence,) 

At this point let us diverge from the subject at hand long 
enough to say that Richmond is certainly in a bad way, po- 
litically, wh3n Saunders and Soloman "represent" the Dem- 
ocratic party of the city, whose ticket nearly all of the in- 
telligent and patriotic citizens vote. 

We would suggest to Congressman Jones that he expose 
also the evil influence of Tom Martin on Virginia Politics 
by telling the people how Martin called together the "ring" 
members of the state committee and representatives from 
the liquor interests, in Joe Button's office, in the State Cap- 
ital building, when it looked like Mann was going to be 
beaten for governor in 1909, and there, in the state capitol, 
an agreement was entered into with the representatives of 
the whiskey interests, whereby they should vote and work 
for Mann. As a result of this conference the whiskey vote 
of Norfolk county was turned to Mann, the "dry" candidate 
and by virtue of this whiskey vote, together with fraudu- 
lent voting of dead men and absent men, Norfolk rolled up 
enough votes for Mann to defeat his opponents. 

«^»- » 

Because You Do Not Vote 


Register. Many good citizens do not know that one can 
register up to within CO days of election. If you have not 
registered, do so at once, or you certainly wont have any 
kick coming to you when Tom Martin and Taylor Ellyson 
run their machine over you and make a mash on you this fall: 
Wake up! You bone heads. It.s YOUR GOVERNMENT, 
and not Tom Martin's that has gone to the bad in Virginia. 
It is your fault if jou don't vote, and vote intelligently. 
Poll tax must be paid six months ahead unkss ycu are just 
of voting age. Registration must be made 30 days ahead. 


The Idea Calls on The State Committee 
To Dismiss 


We wonder what kind of a constitution the State Derr.o- 
eratic Committee has that Clyde Saunders is still allowed 
to mis-represent Richmond on it, altho he was voted out of 
the City Democratic Committee and repudiated by the 
whole municipality two years ago. 

That looks like Democracy don't it. 

The Idea calls on the State Committee to dismiss Boss 
Clyde and Simon Solomon. Richmond is beginning to 
wake up and dont want such men to represent her and has 
said so at the polls, 


The Idea has watched with growing interest the organi- 
zation on the part of public spirited women of the city of a 
"Know Your City" Club, This is just the thing which the 
men of Richmond need most, but they seem to be too busy 
to find out how Richmond is run. If there were an intelli- 
gent investigation en the part of the business rren of the 
city into city affairs they would not tolerate (we like to be- 
lieve) the present extravagant, inefficient, rotten, worn 
out, blunderbuss management of affaiis. 


Mr. C. V. Meredeth in appearing beforp tre council com- 
mittee Wednesday night stated that the law is violated 
every time a child under 17 years old is sent to jail. Just 
two days before we saw a boy perhaps fourteen years of sge 
being 1 led away to jail where he had been sentenced by Jus- 
tice John. 


Vol. V. 


JUNE, m\ 

No. 6 

Do You Get The "IDEA." 

TJable of Contents. 

Up to Crutchfield, Manning and Gordon 
Contempt of Court ------- 

Anniversary Number 

Police Board and News Dealers - 

"A Man Is Passing," poem. - - - - 

Past and Future 

The Recall and the Judiciary - 

The City Council— Pollock, Mills, 

Umlauf, Blake, etc. - - - - - 

Mayor Richardson ---..-. 
Harry Smith -------- 

Ruskell for Collector --.._. 

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Being some sermonettes published monthly for the common good at 
Richmond, Va., by Adon A. Yoder. Editor. Publisher and Printer, 
1106 Capitol Street. Richmond, Virginia. Phone Monroe 2708. 




VOL. V. APRIL, 1911 No. 6 

Five Cents a Copy 50 Cents a Year 

Published Monthly on Saturday by Adon A. Yoder 

1106 Capitol Street, Richmond, Va. 


Officials Branded as Criminals* 

In the April number of the IDEA we republished the article print- 
ed a year and a half before, for which we were sent to jail. It is now 
June and two months have past and we have not been re-arrested. 
The IDEA wants to know why these sworn officers of the law don't 
arrest and put in jail, 30 daya this time and fine $200, a man who 
will thus violate (?) the law the second time? 

If a great crime, deserving a jail sentence was committed in 1909, 
why was not the act a greater crime in 1911. It is up to Manning, 
Gordon and Crutchfield to put this malefactor in jail again, and stop 
forever this vile slanderous publication, or stand branded before the 
world as a bunch of ciminals themselves, tvho used their po- 
sitions and influence to put in jail one whose only crime 


was to expose crime, whose only law violation was to violate 
their laiv, for do not they rule the rest of Richmond a,s well as 
make special laws for the red light district. Either Adon A. 
Yoder ought to be in the penitentiary, or else, Chris Manning, 
Douglas Gordon and John Crutchfield ought to be hung as assassins 
of the business and reputation and family life of a citizen. 

Manning, Gordon and Crutchfiild it's yout move. 

Now move or take your medicine. The Idea is not dead. 


On one occasion a lawyer becoming fretted at an unjust act of a 
judge before whom he was pleading, gave expression to a feeling 
of his indignation in a protest to the judge. At that the judge, filled 
with an abnormal idea of the dignity of his office, addressed the at- 
torney thusly "Do you mean to express contempt for this Court." 

"No, your Honor," replied the lawyer. "I am doing all I can to 
suppress my contempt for the court. 

On a certain occasion when the editor of the IDEA was on trial for 
alleged libel Harry Smith tried to play on the judge's feelings by 
attempting to introduce evidence to show that the IDEA had been 
guilty of contempt of court. Now because of the experiences of the 
writer with the minor courts of this sfate he has the utmost contempt 
for their littleness and dirty practices. We have, however, always 
so managed to control and suppress our contempt for the courts so 
as never to have been liable to the venom of any of the judiciary, 
tho they would take delight in soaking us if there were a ghost of a 
show. In Lynchburg we were fined and sentenced to jail for "con- 
tempt" of court, but the supreme court reversed the little judge. 


In the last issue we stated that a certain officer after talking with 
Dutch Leaman came to us as if urged by Leaman. That officer 
states to us that Leaman did not say anything to him about what he 
had to say to us.. We, therefore, take pleasure in using this first 
opportunity to publish his statement. 

(concluded on page ID 


TV7ITH this number THE IDEA celebrates the second an- 
W niversary of its beginning in Richmond. On June 6th, 
1909 the first number was published, at 904 Capitol 
Street. On the night before the Chief of Police had come 
to THE IDEA office to get a copy of THE IDEA at 10 
o'clock at night, for he had been instructed to bust up the 
whole thing just as soon as a pretext presented itself. We 
refused to let him have one, as we make it a rule not to let 
any paper go out of the office until the day of sale. Then 
after he had turned away we called him back and gave him 
a copy with the promise, which of course he kept, (he-haw) 
that he would show it to no one before Saturday morning. 

Soon after a policeman was stationed in front of our door 
and a detective was put on our trail with the hope of getting 
in trouble those who might give us information and also of 
getting some evidence against us. 

Since then we have been assaulted on the street by office 
holders twice; have been arrested for alleged criminal libel 
once; on a charge of circulating obscene literature once; have 
been sued four times; and have been sentenced to jail three 

In every case the lower courts have decided against us. 
In not a single case has the Suqreme Court found a crime 
of any description committed. 

In only one case did we accept an adverse decision, (be- 
cause of lack of funds for an appeal). One case, the Saun- 
ders Libel Suit, is still pending in the Supreme Court, tho 
it does not appear that it will ever come to trial, as Clyde 
Saunders cannot afford to let it do so. The law is so plain 
that THE IDEA will be vindicated if it does come up. 


Keep cool, go to Barton Heights for the summer. Flat of 
three rooms for rent cheap, to right parties. 

Apply at 309 Minor Street. 




Do you know why you cannot get an IDEA at the news 
stands of Richmond? 

Do you know that only two news dealers are left in Rich- 
mond, out of some thirty or forty who formerly sold THE 
IDEA, who will handle it today? Do you know that they 
could make more out of THE IDEA than out of other pa- 
pers and yet they cannot afford to sell it? 

You see it's this way. THE IDEA stands for law en- 
forcement. The Sunday laws are violated in Richmond 
largely because not a single daily paper will take up the 
fight in real earnest. They can't afford to antagonize the 
men on whom they have to depend to sell their papers. And 
it ought not to be necessary for them to do so. 

The police are paid to do this duty of law enforcement. 
But it is somehow profitable to the board of police commis- 
sioners and the mayor to refuse to enforce the law. Per- 
haps they would not be elected next time, and most likely 
most of them have a deeper interest than that in law violat- 
ing or else why should they keep on defying the public's 
commands, as expressed in statute law? 

So THE IDEA has been boycotted, but it is still alive and 
due to the good people of Richmond it hopes to live many 
years to come, until there shall be no all-powerful ring in 
Richmond able to ruin a paper that will stand for decency 
all the time. 

The threats of the enforcement of Sunday laws against 
news-dealers is the reason for the boycott against this pa- 
per, and an unprincipled police board who violate their 
oaths of office, is behind it. 



A man is passing. Hail him, you 

Who realize him staunch and strong and true. 

He found us dollar bound and party blind 

He leaves a City with a Civic Mind, 

Choosing her conduct with a conscious care, 

Selecting one man here, another there 

And scorning labels. Craft and Graft and Greed 

Ran rampant in oui halls and few took heed. 

The Public Service and the Public Rights 

Were bloody bones for wolf and jackal fights. 

Now, even the Corporate monster licks the hand 

Where once he snarled his insolent demand. 

Who tamed it? Answer as you will, 

But truth is truth, and his the credit still. 

A man is passing. Flount him, you 

Who would not understand and never knew. 

Tranquil in triumph, in defeat the same, 

He never asked vour praise nor shirked your blame 

For he, as Captain of the Common Good, 

Has earned the right to be misunderstood. 

Behold! he raised his hand against his class; 

Aye, he forsook the Few and served the Mass. 

Year upon year he bore the battle's hrunt 

And so, the hiss, the cackle and the grunt! 

He found us striving, each his selfish part, 

He leaves a City with a Civic Heart, 

Which gives the fortune-fallen a new birth 

And Reunites him with his Mother Earth., 

Which seeks to look beyond the broken law 

To find the broken life, and mend its flaw. 

A man is passing. No, no demi-god, 
But a plain man, close to the common sod 
Whence springs the grass of our humanity. Strong 
Is he, but human, therefore sometimes wrong, 
Sometimes impatient of the slower throng, 
Sometimes unmindful of the formal thong, 
But ever with his feet set towards the height 
To plant the banner of the Common Right; 
And ever with his eye fixed on the goal 
The vision of a City with a Soul. 

And is he fallen? Aye, but mark him well. 

He ever rises further than he fell. 

A man is passing. I salute him, then, 

In these few words. He served his fellow-men 

And he is passing. But he comes again. 


This poem, which first appeared in The Public of January 7, 1910, at the close 
of Tom L, Johnson's last term as Mayor of the city of Cleveland, was read by 
Mr. Cooke at the banquet given to Mr. Johnson in New York on May 30, 1910 



Past and Future 

When a builder desires to erect a beautiful, modern and 
serviceable structure, suitable to his needs, on the site of an 
old delapidated building, he proceeds first to tear down the 
old structure, then dig deeper for a new foundation, then, 
and only then, is he readj for a new foundation and a new 

The process is this: 1st., realizing a new need; 2nd, a 
new plan to fit that need, and an architects' working out 
that plan to fit his vision of a more serviceable structure; 
3rd, tearing down the old building; 4th, laying a new foun- 
dation: 5th, the new building. 

Now, the editor of this paper, a few years ago, happened 
to be one among many to see a new need for a better form 
of government in American cities, the real bottom of our 
whole National governmental system, on the purity of 
which depends so largely the permanency of American Dem- 

To meet that need a new plan had to be found in the £ hape 
of the then recently devised "Government by Commission", 
which seemed to fit exactly that need. After seeing the 
need and finding a working plan it became necessary to 
tear down the old building. Then the work of the Idea's 
publicity began, first in Lynchpurg, then in Richmond. It 
was necessity to show to the people the evils of the old 
governmant before they, the real owners, would order any- 
thing better to be built. 

This dirty work of tearing down a rotten and worn out 
old building with its dangers and delays has been going on 
semi-occasionly, as finances permitted for five years. Dur- 
ing that time the publisher has often had to step right down 
into the mire to help clear away the debris, and some igno- 
rant bystander has sung out, "Yoder certainly has stuck his 
foot in it this time." On one or two occasions after an un- 


usually heavy charge of dynamite that loosened more dirt 
than we counted on the filthy stuff came near falling on and 
demolishing the publisher. But realizing that all real foun- 
dation work is dangerous, the use of dynamite was continued 
simply because dangerous dynamite does things, and be- 
sides, clearing away things often wakes up some bone head- 
ed owners (voters) in another part of the town. 

We believe that the time has about come to quit the dirty 
foundation work and call more attention to the beautiful 
drawings of the new building and to commence doing more 
actual structural work on that new buildirg. We've seen 
those new plans, and Oh! they are beautiful to beheld. 

But some people having eyes do not see. They are far- 
sighted, or near sighted, or bat eyed, or one-eyed, or just 
bull-headed and stone blind, But we'll promise you that if 
they'll just read the Idea we will show them a picture worth 
seeing. And besides, we want to quit this dirty, dangerous 
foundation work, not because it is dangerous, for to tell ^ou 
the truth there is a certain joy to normal souls in the pres- 
ence of danger, but we just don't like the dirt, the rotten, 
filthy mess, and we'd just rather quit it. (But we are not go- 
ing to if we find it necessary to clean out the cellar again. 

One reason we dislike this dirty work is that one has to 
run up against a lot of sewer-rats and cock-roEches and 
other parasitical political varmints that feed on filth and 
corruption, and we want to say right here that some of these 
human parasites have some most charming manners if one 
runs up against them. Take, for instance some of that City 
hall bunch of grafters. They are the smoothest, slickest 
fellows on earth, and they can tell a story better, and shake 
hands more sincerely, and 'treat with more comraderie, and 
smile more sweetly and jolly more jollily than other mortals. 
And tho you despise their business and their habitations in 
the mire of political slime, they are after all likeable human 
brothers for whom one's affections go out to redeem them 
from their degrading surroundings. So we want to quit it, 
and show you a beautiful picture; not simply Government by 
Commission, that's only part of the picture, but something 
more— Something more. 


The Idea therefore will make somewhat of a change. We 
dont propose to let dirt accumulate, oh no. We'll use the 
muck rake and the shovel, and the scrub-brush and the 
broom, but we hops we shall not have to use much more 
dynamite. By that we mean that tho we hope soon to give 
all our time to the paper we desire to cut out the dirty gut- 
ter work of too much personalities and devote our time and 
energies to more pleasant things. We are persuaded that 
the people have about sufficiently aroused concerning the 
rottenness of the old state of affairs to order a new struc- 
ture at the first opportunity given them by the legislature. 

We must be kept informed, however, concerning the 
method of building the most appropriate structure for our 
future political use, If you desire to see the Idea do more 
"constructive" work that you thought ought to be done 
backwards, that is, before the foundation digging had been 
started, then just send along your dollar for a years sub- 
scription to the Idea. It will come out in this form once a 
week soon, and you just watch us grow. 

Clear out, the Boat's aboat to start. 


A judge knows he is in a fort as impregnable as the rock 
of Gibralter, as far as punishment is concerned, for any- 
thing he does; he can scarcely do anything so bad as to bring 
him to the bar of justice, and once there it is a miracle if he 
is punished. 

The only way that he can be arraigned is to bring im- 
peachment proceedings before the legislature, and this only 
meets biennially. It must necessarily be a rich man or 
one of powerful influence in some other way to do this, and 
unless it is some frightful breach that called out no little 
public indignation , it is doubtful if it will be noticed, much 
less balloted on and the court cast out. It's always the poor 
that has such a greivance, for the rich or otherwise power- 
ful one has his way in court. 

Again, maybe it has been so long since the occurence that 
the public has lost interest in the breach that made people 


so indignant when it oseured. And the worst feature is, the 
majority of the legislature is made up of the same material 
as the courts are made of. The people are aroused not to 
trust the election of United States senators to this body any 
longer, and if so, what folly to think of going to this body 
for relief for any outrage a court may inflict! 

Because of a superstitious belief that there is "a certain 
sacredness and dignity about a court that is part of our lib- 
erty" we have built up an oligarchy: a power more dictato- 
rial and repugnant than that of a czar, that today is the 
greatest blot on our republican form of government, and 
let him who doubts it go to the criminal court room of the 
Hamilton County court and be convinced. 

Give the power to the people to call in question the con- 
duct of the courts and see how quick the change will come 
for the better. Who thinks of recalling a man that is labor- 
ing to deal justly? Of course, there is a disappointed side 
in every case, but there has to be a clear case of miscarriage 
of justice to arouse the public. — R. E. Haynes. in Ohio State 


Continued from page 4 
We may add. however, that the incident refeired to was not the 
CAUSE for our inferences concerning the relation of the courts to the 
evil elements of the community. Regardless of this incident the de- 
ductions we made concerning the courts are amply justified by hun- 
dreds of incidents daily, for Judge Witt and John Crutchfield are 
bosom friends of Dutch Leaman and the other evil elements of the 

When THE IDEA sharply defines the issue between the 
ring and decency, don't imagine that the editor is mad with 
the individuals composing that ring. Towards these fellows 
as private citizens he has none but most cordial feelings, but 
THE IDEA is concerned with showing up their p-olitical 
wrongs in order that the people may get enough enlighten- 
ment to correct a system under which only men subservient 
to evil can be elected to office. 



Smoke! Smoke!! Smoke!!! Is What One 

Sees, and Smells, and Thinks on 

Visiting the Sessions of the 

City Council* 

The publisher of the Idea after about a year's intermis- 
sion paid the august (?) assemblage a visit last Mcrcry 
night and as he was impressed before, so now, was he struck 
with the SMOKE of it all. It was not as bad as usual last 
Monday because of the large attendance of visitors; some of 
the members seemed to be hampered by a feeling that they 
must observe some degree of decorum. The smoke of To- 
bacco Trust Cigars is however only a small affair compared 
with the dense smoke of burnt gas emitted on such occasions. 
Just plain smoke would make a fine design for a letterhead 
for use by the members of the Office holders' Trust of Rich- 
mond, Va., U. S. A., Earth, Universe, Elsewhere. 

Another impression made on the visitor to these meet- 
ings is that of Disorder. The president has to rap and 
pound, and talk, and order, and beseech, and call upon the 
Sergeant- At- Arms to get "the boys" as they are called to 
attend to business. You see, these "public servants" are 
not paid for any service to the city, they get their offices be- 
cause some corporation, or class, or interest, or business de- 
sires their presence to look after their affairs. You see, the 
City Government is a kind of graft game run by business (?) 
men, especially those classes of businessmen which depend 
on governmental attitude for profit, notably real estate men, 
undertakers, criminal lawyers, and bar- beepers. Then there 
are a few there for the pure love ef the game, or for the 


advertisement of their business, or political ambition, and 
some (we guess it must be true since they serve no other 
purpose,) because their wives desire to see their names in 
the papers. As we were about to remark these men receive 
no pay and therefore will not be bossed and their gathering 
together looks like an assemblage of good fellows at a smok- 
er or banquet, always ready to crack a joke or have a laugh 
but with business cares thrown to the wind. This the rule, 
with notable exceptions however. Umlauf seems always 
serious, overly serious perhaps, sometimes quite preacherous. 
Doctor Reed impresses one as a conscientious public servant. 
Lynch impresses us both ways; quite an enigma is Lynch, 
tho often on the right side, and bold and pugnaceous about 
it too, and a terror when in debate he cares to turn the light 
on crooked transactions. Then there's Mills the smooth, and 
Pollock the slick, but we'd better not say much about these 
two, 'cause we are trying to throw a few boquets today. 
Fred Richardson is always square; the same can not be said 
of Bowman. Gilbert Pollock's colleague and understudy. 
Then there is McD. Blake, who deserves a separate par- 

Blake The Whiskey Man Upholds The Church. 

It was amusing to many last Monday night to see Council- 
man Blake arise in his seat and champion, in what appear- 
ed to be a carefully prepared speech, the cause of the churches 
against the proposed theatre on Grace street. He appealed 
qiite eloquently to the CDuncilmen's sentiments on 
behalf of an ordinance presented by Mills, the Johnny-On- 
The-Spot with popular legislation,— after the fight has been 
won, however. 

Blake and Mills can be counted on to be on the right side 
when the right side is in the vast majority. 


Talking about jokes. Umlauf stated that the emasculat- 
ing of the traffic ordinance had been perpetrated by the alder- 
men as a joke and that he was sure that if that ordinance 
were returned to them it would be passed without being cut 


from forty-three section* to three. Just think of it. Council- 
men passing - an ordinance as a joke, when even when they 
are in dead earnest it may take six months to get an ordi- 
nance through the various committees, sub-committees, 
ward committees, Council and Board and then be signed by 
the mayor. We are inclined to think that the whole caboo- 
dle is quite a sad joke on the tax paying citizens of 
Just think about it a minute; it takes 

Sixty-Four Men to Appropriate $1.50 

to reimburse a taxpayer. On Monday night an ordinance 
was introduced to appropriate one dollar and fifty cents and 
a vote had to bs taken and recorded in the council and will 
now have to be taken to the Board. It had already run the 
gauntlet of no one knows how many committees and sub- 
committees all because Richmond has not got a decent city 





Mayor Cutcliin, of Roanoke, was dismissed the other day 
for having knowledge of the ill fame law violation without 
enforcing the law. Mayor Richardson not only has knowl- 
edge of it here but is part of a board that kept a picture gal- 
lery of these women, but grand juries are fixed in Rich- 
mond, and courts and the Commonwealth's Attorney violate 
their oaths daily. A time of reckoning will come, however. 
When THE IDEA started the women had their names over 
the doors, "Rose and May" and the like, with red lights to 
direct the straggling drunks to their ruin. These have come 
down, and their pictures are no longer taken and stricter 
rules are being enforced, but the law is not yet enforced. 

Ruskell for Collector 

Ruskell, Sergeant- at- Arms of the Council, is out for City 
Collector. Better call Cunningham back from the dead. 
Ruskell is Bob Whittet's partner in the Albemarle gambling 
joint which was exposed by the Idea last year, and raided 
this year after the owner's had been tipped off. 


It will be Red Hot. 

The next issue will have something to say about remitting 
fines in Police Court and the Undertakers Trust. 


Harry Smith went to Roanoke to put the Ring Chief in 
jail, Down here he is hired to keep the Ring Crowd out of 



VoLV. JULY, 1911 No. 7 

Do You Get The "IDEA." 


Dora Delmar Page 3 

Politics Keeps from Prison 

Morgan Mills .... 

Gilbert Pollock - 

Pollock as Reformer 

The Christian Socialist - 

Mayo Street - 

The Undertakers' Trust - 

Chief Werner Guilty - 

Red Light District - 

Spring Thoughts - 

Sugar Frauds - 

And Other Notes and Comments 


Being some sermonettes published monthly for the common good at 
Richmond, Va., by Adon A. Yoder, Editor. Publisher and Printer, 
1106 Capitol Street, Richmond, Virginia. Phone Monroe 2708. 




How Does Mayor Richardson Feel? 

Dora Delmar is dead; 

That's not her name. 

She was ashamed of her name. 

And that was well. 

It is a good sign to be ashamed to dis 

grace a good name. 

Dora lived a life of crime. 

Perhaps t'was her fault. 

It matters not. 

Perhaps t'was the crime of another 

Whom she loved and trusted- 
Many women fall this way. 

And those who've studied the question tell us there are 
twenty fallen men to one fallen woman. It takes twenty 
men to support in crime one woman of the midnight world. 
But the world honors the twenty fallen men and damns the 
one fallen woman. 

So Dora was ashamed of her name, and that's not all. 

Last week Dora killed herself, she took poison in a house 
of ill fame. We trust her shame for her name prevented 
her parents from knowing how she died, for they too, were 
ashamed of Dora's name. 

But Mayor Richardson was not ashamed of Dora, neither 
her name not her business, for Mayor Richardson aided and 
abetted her in her crime aud was president of the police 
board that participated in this crime against the state by 
"protecting" Dora in a crime of which she was ashamed. 

Yes , the Mayor and his board, including Manning and 
Gordon, who felt "libeled" when we told of their protection 
of crime, helped keep Dora in a life of which Dora was 
ashamed, and we are told that Dora's picture was on the 
wall of the Police Board's room in that wonderful art collec- 
tion, to which all these women were required to contribute 
so that the board might watch over them with more fatherly 


There is a letter on our desk from a preacher of the city 
telling us to go up to Bliley's undertaking establishment and 
view the remains of this sacrifice to lust which the city 
officials of Richmond had made, for she was at Bliley's, and 
Bliley is one of the five members of the Undertaker's Trust 
that are also members of the City Council. And, so, when 
there is any "business" in the red light district, protected 
from the law by the officers of the city, of course Mr. Bliley, 
the councilman, one of 'em, gets his share. So Dora was at 
Bliley's, but we did not go to see her. It mattered not 
whether she was young and beautiful— they say she was, 
and they say she was from "a refined South Carolina fam- 
ily" and well educated— or whether she was old and ugly- 
The facts remain the same: — That due to the social system 
under which we live, and with the light she had, Dora, with 
all her shame for sin, found it best in her eyes to sell her 
soul in crime, as an outcast from society, and more, that she 
was aided and abetted and helped in her crime by the mayor 
of Richmond and by the Police Board. Yes, the same board 
whose members, Manning and Gordon, are grossly "libelled" 
whenever the truth is told about Richmond's shame. 

Another letter lies on our table. It states "a notice is now 
tacked on door of 14 North 14th street reading 'closed for a 
few days on account of a death." 

So it appears that even those in charge of this d€n cf vice 
had shame enough not to put on her door even the assumed 
name of Dora Delmar. 

Now, this is written that the public may be aware of the 
contrast between the shame of these debauched beings, 
on whom society has put the ban, and the brazenness and 
effrontery of these little servants of the people, who dare 
to encourage and aid crime in spite of the fact that the 
sovereigns of the state have made their laws against this 
vile crime, and then have made their servants take a solemn 
oath to enforce them. 

Now Mayor Richardson and the police board have read 
this solemn law against these houses of ill fame and Mayor 
Richardson and the Police Board have taken a solemn oath 
to enforce it, and then mayor Richardson and the Board 


have violated, and are daily violating this solemn oath. 
Other cities are cleaning up, but Richmond's mayor is not 
man enough to even try. It would be crime enough for 
these men to act this way in the absence of any law. The 
moral crime would be the same. But since the law is plain 
as the nose on a Turkish face this crime is a double crime. 
Howsomever, crime in Richmond consists in exposing crime. 
The official oath violator is respected. The lewd woman is 
encouraged and protected, while he who tells the story in 
order to break up the crime is honored with a term in the 
city jail. Tnas endeth the second lesson. 


In the investigation of the lumber trust a letter was intro- 
duced from Carl A. Drake, former secretary of the Texas 
Lumbermen's Association in which he said: "I am much 
wore interested in the internal workings than scared of any 
particular danger that may arise to us. For more than four 
years I have been able to keep out of the penitentiary 
through good luck and political influence, and I feel that I 
am getting much too old to change my abode and am keep- 
ing up my political connections." Apart from the fact that 
this admits the prosecution of business to the point of a 
crime it is also a confession of the power of capitalist poli- 
tics in fostering crime and protecting criminals. — A Con- 

Senator Martin voted with Aldrich to perpetuate the hold 
of these lumber criminals on the producers and then has 
the nerve to call himself a Democrat; behold what fools we 
Virginia Democrats be. Just because a rascal will call him 
self by our favorite name, Democrat, we'll shut our eyes to 
his dirty work and vote him into a position of trust and 
power, so that he may be used as the tool of Tom Ryan and 
the big trusts to pull the wool and the lumber over the eyes 
of the people and be rewarded for his perfidity by electing 
him to the leadership of the same democratic party in the 



After many moons Gilbert Pollock's ccn rr it 1 1 1 cr (hije 
of city government has appointed three citizens to meet with 
them. These three men were selected, as is admitted even 
by the daily papers, with the express purpose of keeping 
the people from getting their demands, namely, govern- 
ment by commission. Pollock appointed Rcuntiee, 1 he ulna 
conservative, and L. Z. Morris, professional juijrran ard 
ring palitician and businesman, and one clean, aggressive, 
progressive citizen, Charles V. Meredeth. He will find him- 
self in the sad minority in proposing any real change for 
the better in Richmond's city government. 

Its a real tragic joke on the poor people of Richmond, and 
about nine tenths of them are poor, that they must look to 
Pollock, the grafter, to whose interest it is to keep the 
present rotten form of city government, to reform it for 

Broad street has been torn up again for the last several 
weeks, often for blocks at a time and with pits about thirty 
feet deep, to have the paving repaired later, leaving sink- 
holes and rough places, all because the departments of the 
city Government won't act together according to law. We 
trust there'll be no buckles found in Bowlings sewer work 
this trip. 

Newspapers of last Wednesday have accounts of 4th of 
July speeches made the day before by Gov. Mann and Hal 
Flood, both stating that there is no such thing as a ring in 
Virginia. 'Course there 'aint no ring, as long as I'm in it. 
'Course there aint. 

Don't this number of THE IDEA make you sick? It makes 
us sick at heart. Therefore we hope the day will soon come 
when it wont be possible to write about a red light district 
in Richmond. 


senate by the influence of the smooth Joe Bailey, of Texas 
— the Gilbert Pollock so to speak — of the United States 


Now the papers tell us that there was gambling going on 
at Morgan Mill's seashore hotel on July 4th when a society 
woman attempted to murder a man with a fork; that Mor- 
gan was there at the time, and that he disappeared as did 
the rest of the. crowd when the crime was committed. 

Know how Morgan got this and his other properties? Pol- 
itics of course. For he was a very poor man recently, until 
he commenced selling things to public service corporations 
while having a vote on their franchises in the council. 

They say he has made a bunch of money out of every ton 
of steel used by the Henrico Street Car Company on that big 
Marshall street viaduct. Do you suppose for a moment that 
such a railway corporation would buy through Morgan Mills 
and pay him a big conmission if it werenot for "services 
rendered or to be rendered" to them. Morgan knows how 
to make money out of a no salary job just as Gilbert Pollock 
and others do. 


So the city council has at last bought for about $168,000 
the Ford Hotel square, for which it had no need, from Gil- 
bert Pollock and others. The point of interest, however, is 
that Pollock succeeded in getting as much per foot for his 
property as the two other pieces brought which have about 
twice the frontage per foot, since they fronton three streets 
each. But Gilbert is slick and the people pay the bill, while 
their representatives make no kick against Gilbert's wishes. 



The above is the name of a paper published in Chicago, 
which has as an associate editor, Mrs. J. B. Spiers, wife 
of the Rev. J. B. Spiers of Richmond. It stands for a 
practical working out of the teachings of Jesus on wealth, 
the private ownership of property, etc. It stands for that 
thing so little understood by church members, and yet the 
subject of nearly all the recorded talk of Jesus, the anointed, 
namely, the Kingdom of Heaven on Earth. This is the 
teaching of Socialism. Had not you better look it up? 
Mrs. Spiers is one of the officers of the Federation of Mothers 
Clubs of Richmond and of the state and is an altruistic and 
optimistic worker for all that is good. 

Spell Mayo Street M-a-y-o-r. 

We rise to suggest that in the future Mayo street be 
spelled M-a-y-o-r, and would most respectfully suggest to 
the honorable (?) city council that an ordinance to that 
effect be passed fothwith and dimejiately. 


Compare with the saying of the Nazarene this from 
Arnold's "Light of Asia" as from Buddha. 
Alas! for all my sheep 

Which have no Shepherd; 
Wandering in the night 

With none to guide them; 
Bleating blindly 

Towards the knife of death, as 
These dumb beasts 

Which are their kin." 


Well, what do you reckon? The other day a fellow called me a 
pessimist. He ought to have known that there was not a greater 
optimist on earth; so he was told, "I'd be the biggest fool in Vir- 
ginia to be publishing the IDEA and getting my face smashed and 
my money lost and my body jailed, if I wer'nt the biggest optimist 
this side of Hades." 

No the IDEA man is that kind of a pessimist and calamity howler 
that the Hebrew poet was whose dreams were visions of a new Jeru- 

We have a vision of a new Richmond. Beautiful, and healthy, 
and happy, and JUST, filled with the brotherhood of man. And, it 
wont be five years before the awful revolution that is to fulfil the 
picture. Mark it well ! Mark it well! 

And the Times-Dispatch rejoices over the death of the Saloon 
Smasher, Carrie Nation. No wonder. The people who pay them 
about $300 an issue ' for liquor ads control the "policy" of the 
paper, 'course they do. 

You see the advertisers pay the daily papers about $6.00 to $10.00 
for every $1.00 paid by readers or subscribers, and the man that pays 
the bill has to be pleased so he'll come across with the money. If 
he is displeased $300 a day is a mighty big item. The Times-Dis- 
patch cant afford to be decent— if it costs 'em $300 a day. 

The Idea Print Shop is at 1106 Capital street, in the old 
Ford Hotel, where we await your orders for all kinds of fine 
printing, Cards, Invitations, Pamphlets, Letter heads, State- 
ments, Envelopes, Posters, Half Tone Work, and anything 
else in the printing line. 

Back numbers of "The Idea," volumes land 2 can not 
be had at any price. The Congressional library at Washing- 
ton has a complete file. And a few others are held by book 
lovers throughout the country. Of volumes 3 and 4— the 
Richmond edition— a few complete files are on hand and may 
be had bound in scarlet and gold for $5 for the two. The 
Virginia State Library and the Congressional Library 
at Washington have them bound for public use. Better 
speak quick if you want something rare and worth-y. 
Phone Monroe 2708 for prices on Printing. 


Z//12 !/£ 2 1 at ton of Crook 3d ^Politicians to 
TJhe ffied jCight Suit 

Jesjs said to the harlot "Go and sin no more." Those in 
pDwer in Richmond say to the harlots "Go and sin some 
more, and bring us the price of your shame." You see, 
there are two or three men who hang around the city hall of 
Richmond who have authority and influence with men in 
office and who have admitted on oath that they sold that 
influence for money to corporations. These men have influ- 
ence over courts and juries and over the police department, 
both the police force and the police board, of which the 
mayor is a member and the president, and these men have 
p:oven by their public acts and their underhanded, secret 
acts with public affairs that they have no such thing as prin- 
ciple in their makeup. It i; a well known fact that these 
men make money out of the continuance of the red light 
evil and that their pressure on officials is responsible for the 
defiance of the law on the part of the police board. 

Some time ago we desired to get evidence against these 
crooked politicians. So an offer was made to a woman in a 
house of ill-fame in the segregated section, who was dissat- 
isfied with her lot, to start her up in a house of her own. 
She was to find out, from one already in charge of such a 
house, how to proceed. She was informed that she should 
first make plans to rent a house, and she would be shown 
how to proceed further. She did this, but on finding she 
would have to pay $50.0') a month for a house that would 
ordinarily rent for $10.00 to $20.00 a month elsewhere she 
returned discouraged, and on telling her predicament she 
was told that that was a small matter, as she would take in 
more than that any Saturday or Sunday night. 

This article exposing a frightful state of affairs will he continued in our next issue 

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There are 12 undertakers in Richmond and five of these 
are in the City Council, where recently they succeeded in 
raising the fixed prices on hacks for most of them are in 
the hack business. 

But be it known that while they are thus able to charge 
others a high price they have an agreement among them- 
selves to hire to each other at a discount. They do not, how- 
ever, allow this discount to The Richmond Burial Co., sim- 
ply because The Richmond Burial Co. will not charge the 
same exorbitant prices for funerals as these members of the 
trust. Every effort is being made not only to embarrass 
this company in this way but even to keep this company 
from hiring hacks at all, and one undertaker went so far as 
to say he would give a certain funeral for nothing rather 
than let this company have it. 

We'll have more to say about The Undertakers' Trust in 
a subsequent issue. 


On last Sunday a druggist was arrested on West Main 
Street for violating the Sunday Law by selling soft drinks 
and cream. 

On the very same day nine minutes past nine p. m., Chief 
of Police Werner was standing on the corner of Seventh and 
Broad looking directly at a file of men going in and out of 
two stores on that corner, which were openly selling drinks, 
tobaccos, candies and anything else in stock and yet Chief 
Werner "winked the other eye." 

Now the question is why should an act be lawful in sight 
of the Chief of Police on Broad Street and unlawful on West 
Main Street? 

Does Major Werner get paid for not seeing the Broad 
Street merchant? 

If THE IDEA is unusually hot, just charge it up to the 
weather man. Don't lose your head. Keep cool. 



Each mountain grand, each meadow green, 
Each rugged glen the hills between 

Brings me the wish that thou wert there. 
With me its loveliness to share, 

Each lucious fruit, each lowly flower, 
Each fragrant breeze fiom verdant bower, 

Brings to my sight thine angel smile 
Tho I 'm agone ten thousand mile. 

The violet in modest robe 

Lifts up each royal purple lobe 

And whispers of thy modesty 
Adorned in royal majesty. 

The dew drop in the morning light, 
Looks at me with its crystal sight; 

And I behold thy nature true, 

In orbs of morning blossoms blue 7 

Just now the graceful columbine, 

It's petals all incarnadine, 
Did speak me of thy nature's grace 

And bring to mind thy lovely face. 

Each passion song, each melody 

That swells the mocker's throat with glee. 
Or bursts the robin's crimson breast r 

With joy and gladness ever blest, 

Brings back the music of thy voice, 
And I with all the birds rejoice, 

And think that wert thou then with me; 
This earth indeed were heavenly. 

Alyn O'Dare, 




A Lia2 of Investigation for Collier's Weekly. 

We were in a candy shop the other day where 40, 50 and 
60c a pound candies are made and we spied some sugary 
looking substance in a barrel and asked what it was. It 
looked like granulated sugar but the grains were larger and 
more uniform and crystalline. We were told that it was 

"Well, why don't you use ordinary granulated sugar" we 

"It wont do for making the finest grades of candies" was 
the reply. 

"Then this is purer and costs more?" 

"Yes," came the reply. 

Then we saw a great light. Up in our town of Lynchburg 
is a barytes factory, and there are many of them in the 
state of Virginia. Barytes is a white mineral that weighs 
almost as much as lead, it looks like sugar and is very crys- 
taline. The only use we could ever find that is made of this 
barytes is that it is used to adulterate flour, sugar, etc. It 
costs very little compared with sugar but it would be detect- 
ed if not broken very fine. Therefore the sugar on your 
table is ground fine so that the barytes wont appear. You 
may have noticed that sugar is in smaller crystals than it 
used to be before the trust gobbled up all the sugar making 
plants. Did you ever wonder why?. 

Now a small local paper like the Idea has neither time, 
means nor circulation to collate and publish the facts about 
such big frauds, but we suggest to Collier's Magazine that 
here is a field for investigation and for a great service to the 

We know the adulturant is largely mined in Virginia. We 
know the sugar we get wont do where pure sugar is needed. 
We know the Sugar Trust is a robber from the government 


in the millions of dollars found stolen from the customs 

Is not it about time we were doing away with such pri- 
vate ownership, when sugar and flour are adulterated, salt 
is adulterated, pepper is adulterated, very little pure mo- 
lasses is sold, and as for butter, lots of people have been 
fooled so long that they don't even know the taste of 'sho- 
nufF butter, The same is true of nearly all the necessities 
of life— poisoned for profit. 

A revolution will soon come and then we'll get back 
to the teachings of the man of Galilee. We'll hold all things 
in common and do away with private ownership. Then all 
men will be happy and all men will do their part of the work 
and none will be rich and none will be poor, for enough is 
made for all today, both to eat and for clothing. But man's 
inhuman system of government has made countless millions 
mourn. Meantime let the muck raking magazines go on 
with their work of exposure and education. 

Let Collier look into the adulteration of sugar, so that the 
people may see the necessity of the common ownership of 


Unto the dumb life of his flock he lent 
Sad, pleading words, showing how man, who prays 

For mercy to the Gods, is merciless, 
Being as God to those; Albeit all life 

Is linked and kin, and what we slay have given 
Meek tribute of the milk and wool, and set 

Fast trust upon the hands which murder them. 

"Light of Asia." 

Altruism Plus. 

"Still our Lord went on teaching how fair 
This earth were if all living things be linked 
In friendliness and common use of foods, 
Bloodless and pure." 

"Light of Asia." 

Watches For Boys* 

Beginning' with the next number of the 
IDEA Watches and other prizes will be 
given to boys selling the largest number of 

It will be out every other week in the 



The article on remitting fines in Police 
Court has been reserved for the next issue, 
which will appear July 22nd, two weeks 
§ from today. 

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Vol. V. 


JULY 22, 19 H 

No. 8 

Do You Get The "IDEA." 


Page 1 

Remitting Fines in Police Court. 

Saunders, Manning and Mills Back Martin 

Police and Gamblers 

Chippy Chasers 

What Is Socialism 

Another Sacrifice 

Politicians and the Red Light Evil 

Chris. Manning In Court 

Another Walk Through Mayo Street 

Saunders Back on City Committee 

Bliley Violates the Law- 

Being some sermonettes published monthly for the co/ftmon good at 
Richmond, Va., by Adon A. Yoder, Editor, Publisr/r and Printer, 
1106 Capitol Street, Richmond, Virginia. Phone Monroe 2708' 


Manning Gets 500 Dollars 

Looks Funny 

When Louis Gregory was arrested recently $500.C0 awaid 
was declined, so rumor has it, by the infoiirant, who, it 
seems, was a friend of Gregorj 's ^nd had seen him in Geor- 
on his way to Denver. 
Manning, however, police commissioner, succeeded in 
having the check made out in his, Manning's, favor, and as 
s the public is able. to know, Manning got the money. 
Now as another police commissioner has stated, it is a re- 
ion on the police board to keep the matter thus in the 
Let Manning tell what has become of the $5C0. CO. If he 

Remitting Fines in Police Court 

A Practice That Serves the Crooks 

Justice John Crutchfield of the Richmond Police Court of- 
ten fines or sentences to jail men who it is afterwards learn- 
ed never paid the fines or served term. 

The editor of THE IDEA has asked Justice John concern- 
ing this matter and Mr. Crijtchfield admitted that he did 
often remit such sentences and upheld his action on the 
ground that it was wise to let it appear to the public that 
men were severely dealt with so that criminals would be de- 
terred through fear of a like sentence, when he might deem 
it wise later to let the prisoner oft free. 

One can readily see what a field for evil practices this un- 
heard of and irregular procedure on the on the part of the 
Justice opens up for unprincipled men. 

(Continued next issue) 



VOL. V. JULY 22, 1911 No. 8 

Five Cents a Copy 50 Cents a Year 

Published Monthly on Saturday by Adon A. Yoder 

1106 Capitol Street, Richmond, Va. 

Slyde Saunders, 
Chris Manning, 
Morgan Mills 

Commend Tom Martin for Faithful 
Discharge of Official Duties 

City Councilmen, Office Holders and Other Ringleaders 
Join in Fighting for Martin 

On Monday, July 17th, Senator Tom Martin's friends have 
a full page ad. in the Richmond papers, presumably paid for 
by Railroad money "to prevent negro domination" in Vir- 


The ad. is a list of signers to a paper stating their convic- 
tion that thj best interests of the commonwealth demand 
his (Mr. Martin's) re-election to the U. S. Senate. Now let 
us notice who signed this petition. 

It would not mean anything if any one crooked politician 
signed it, or, on the other hand, if many of the best citizens 
of Richmond signed it. The point to notice is this; does the 
paper reveal on which side the evil element in city political 
affairs lines up? Is the local machine in favor of Tom Mar- 
tin or not? 

If one will study the list he will find the name of Clyde 
Saunders, "boss" of the crooked political machine of Rich- 
mond. Likewise he'll find the name Chris Manning, Jr., 
Clyde Saunders' "boodle fund" partner, who boasted of 
"fixing" Jones when Saunders' committee put the fee at 
$3,000. Near Manning's name is also the name of Morgan 
Mills, regarded by many as the smoothest machine man in 
the city and one who as a manufacturers' agent, has 
gotten wealthy selling things to the city and to public ser- 
vice corporations which depend on councilmanic votes for 
their existence; also, the following; L. Z. Morris, profes- 
sional juror who violated his oath in refusing to indict Chris 
Manning, Jr. on his own confession of guilt; Harry Smith, 
legal defender of big crooks and guilty politicians; J. B. Wood 
ex-president of the Board of Aldermen and now Superinten- 
dent of the penitentiary by virture of his friendship with 
Clyde Saunders, the only man who would actually praise 
Saunders on the witness stand; Rob't Whittett, Jr. who 
bought the Albemarle gambling joint from Clyde Saunders 
and A. T. Griffith; A. T. Griffith, Clyde Saunders' friend 
of "policy king fame; R. E. Byrd, the bird of prey of the 
House of Delegates; Jno. B. Bliley, of the notorious under- 
takers trust and smooth city councilman; Geo. McD. Blake, 
councilman and whiskey man; Clif Weil, Tobacco trust 
"democratic" police commissioner; Barton Grundy, who 
smothered the Taft-dinner whiskey bill in council committee, 
W. D. Caldwell, ex-speaker of the house and railroad 
"friend; Jno, A. Curtis, legislator of the fishy smell; Fritz 
Sitterding, brewer; Frank Ferrandini, ex- barkeeper and 


city committeeman; legislator D. L, Toney: Claude L Bat- 
kins, councilman; E. H. Ferguson, councilman, J. F. Don 
Leavy of the council; Wirt Taylor whiskey salesman and 
friend of Clyde Saunders; A. C. Harman State Senator; Ed- 
ward Alvey, of Grain Graft Fame; Marx Gunst and other 
councilmen and members of the office holders' trust. 

Now the fact that it is to the interest of these men to 
work for Tom Martin is a mighty big reason why any white 
man should vote against Tom Martin. 

Let's all vote for Jones and "railroad" "Railroad" Mar- 
tin to the political dump. 

A man can be told by the company he "keeps" even if he 
does go in respectable company sometimes. 

Don't let the fact that some fine men are for Martin make 
you vote to perpetuate the ring rule of Martin, Saunders, 
Manning, Mills and their ilk. 

Why Police Don't Bother Big Gamblers. 

Some time ago the Idea expressed wonder that policemen 
were so quick to go out of their way to arrest negro crap 
shooters. Recently a policeman was up before the board 
for breaking up a crap game and pocketing the money with- 
out officially reporting the transaction or making an arrest. 
At his hearing it leaked out that officers always pocket all 
the money in sight for themselves on such occasions. 

It is thus seen why officials will spend much time on Sun- 
days and holidays chasing up negro crap shooters off in the 
country where they are bothering no one, while the big 
gambling houses operated by councilmen and those who 
"stand in v are left untouched. 

As shown conclusively by the Idea in the past, the big 
fellows in some way pay somebody for protection. Wonder 
who they pay? They dont pay you and me. We are not 
the sworn officers of the law. They certainly would not pay 
one who has nothing to do with the police department. 
Wonder who they do pay any hovv ? Echo answers, "Won- 
der who." 



Two complaints have recently come to this office concern- 
ing the noise made between one and four o'clock in the 
morning by hilarious revellers in honking, tootirg, autcrr.c- 
biles going to and from the protected red light district down 
behind the governor's mansion, Residents of the city away 
from this section are aroused from their slumbers at un- 
earthly hours and on looking out of the windows behold, as 
one did recently at 4 a. m. an automobile loaded down with 
six boisterous lewd women and three male bipeds, making 
the night hideous with their unseemly laughter and loud 
talk and unnecessary blowing of sirens. 

You see, this time of the year one needs all the sleep he 
can crowd into the short hot nights and he can not afford 
to shut out the sounds with closed windows, on account of 
the heat. So one must be awakened from pleasant dreams 
by these vile friends of the police board, who foist on the 
community base crimes, unnameable contageous and filthy 
diseases and unmitigated nuisances, all, for sooth, because 
these chippy chasers vote with the ring crowd on election 
day, and it is a wall kaD^a fact that if a politician dares 
offend one of this element his death knell is sounded, for 
the two classes of human parasites that support these crim- 
inals and reap rewards from their crimes are the two classes 
whose business it is to corrupt politics by selling their votes 
to keep in office the men who will continue the present pol- 
icy of protecting this vice. 


Socialism and Anarchy Are Opposites. 

A socialist paper under the caption "No Dividing Up," 
has this answer to the question asked, "Under Socialism 
will all property be confiscated and redistributed?" The 
answer — "No Socialism is not a dividing up proposition. It 
doesn't even propose to socialize all property, What it does 


p*opDse to do is to socialize that property which is collect- 
ively used, th3 rruchinery of production and distribution. 
Bit sj2ializ3d property is not divided property, not distrib- 
uted property. Tne piblic roads, for instance, are not di- 
VidBi bat hild pjrpe;ailly for the whole people. This is 
tru3 of all so2ialized property. 

A lot of liars have bean misleading the people through antago- 
nistic newspapers for years, by saying that Socialism stood for confis- 
cation ofyjur and my property and dividing it up among everybody. 
Sialism don't mean dividing up, it means just the opposite, collec- 
tively owning by the government by proper purchase, and operating 
all things like the Postal System, for fhe benefit of the people, instead 
of like the express companies, for the benefit of half a dozen men, 
S>: alisri stands for the extension of the functions of government by 
giving it the ri^ht and the duty to operate all the machinery of pro- 
duction and distribution for the benefit of all mankind, instead of for 
the benefit, as at present, of a few. 

Socialism means cannon ownership, means applied Christianity, 
and is birn of love for ones fellows and not of greed for self. So- 
cialism means universal peace and comfort. The present 'ism called 
individualis.n, in contradistinction to socialism, means universal strife 
and misery, 

Moreover, certain papers have lied to their readers by classing 
socialism with anarchy until there are a great many good people who 
iDi't investigate w aat sDcialism is j*ust because they have been 
forced to believe it stood for anarchy and atheism and all that was 

Anarchy (from an — without; arche — rule or government) means 
no government. 

Socialism means all things governed by law- for the benefu of all, 
while anarchy is just the opposite; no law — disorder. Socialism and 
anarchy are opposites, Individualism in theory is between the two 
extremes; in practice it makes for anarchy, as is the fearful trend in 
America today. Are you a Socialist, an Anarchist or just a plain 
Individualist that is satisfied with this present unjust system, a very 
hell on earth, for a large per cent, of the people. So long as the 
earth is as bountiful and fruitful as it is I cannot support a system 
that will make miserable a vast per cent of the people and condemn 
to ignorance and poverty and crime those who produce what the 


wealthy and idle consume, while there is enough for a plenty 
for all. No I'm not an individualist, nor an anarchist; 
'I love my fellows and their love is sweet." 

I love my home. I love my progeny. I love you. I love the 
generations yet unborn. 

I'm a darned Socialist! 

And I believe you are too. You just don't know it. 

Another Sacrifice to Richmond's 

White Slave Trade, Fostered 

by the Police Board 

CHE was a beautiful girl "twenty three years old, with 
^ deep blue eyes and golden hair." This time she was 
from North Carolina, brought to Richmond, where men 
are protected in their crimes, by a worthless rake who de- 
ceived her and ' 'kept" her in a miserable joint on 18th Street. 

Ola Thaxton was her name. One night in her misery and 
shame and deep grief and distracted condition she slept in 
a local lumber yard, and for this grave offence, Justice John 
sent her to jail for ninety days. There pneumonia set in 
and after being taken to the City Home she died. 

From there Bliley, the Councilman-Undertaker, head of 
the undertakers' trust, took her to his establishment, and 
the papers tell us, sent a bill for services to her father. The 
father's check for double railway fare was returned by 
Bliley because his bill was not paid in advance. So the body 
was sent by Bliley to a local Medical Coliege, for in this way, 
no doubt, Bliley's bill was paid, and we are unable to learn 
just how much the consideration is for bodies thus deliv- 
ered to the doctors. The point is that Bliley gets all this 
work by virtue of his political connection. 

Also, be it known that Bliley is reported by the papers to 
have stated that the body was given proper burial, tho Mr. 


Thaxton found out later that it was in the pickling vat. 

Due to the kindness of an unknown good woman the body 
has at last been sent back to North , Carolina, but behold 
what a state of affairs the whole transaction discloses in 
Kichmond, proud capital of the Virginians. 

It shows that Richmond is made a harboring place for 
criminal men, who bring their slaves from neighboring 
states, because here, when they tire of their support, others 
may contribute, for a consideration, by their being placed in 
one of the slave houses on Mayo(r), Franklin or 14th 
streets where the police department will see that they are 
fully "protected, "so that they may make ample money to 
supply themselves with drinks to drown their shame while 
they satisfy the criminal lusts of brutish male bipeds who 
always vote with the ring. 

Thus the crooked alliance between officeholders and dark- 
hued crime continues, and will continue for a while longer 
until Richmond's awakening is complete. And Richmond 
mond is awakening. The light is being turned on as never 
before. In three more years the political crook and the 
segregated district will be on the toboggan slide, and old 
Richmond will take its normal position among the clean 
cities of the nation; for Richmond people are alright neg- 
atively, they have simply allowed the crooked element to 
entrench themselves and make the city a great criminal 

If you dont like the Idea read the Times-Dispatch, it 
won't hurt you. It hurts only decent folks. 

It is passing strange that Cashier Gregory, now held 
for stealing from the railroad large sums of money should 
be found at large at night. We wonder how long a jailor 
would hold his job if a political prisoner like the Idea man 
had been allowed to roam away from the sacred precincts of 
the jail. 


TJhe delation of Crooked ^Politicians to 
Vhe fied Xight €vit 

This article was begun in the last issue of The Idea, the one page printed then 
is reprinted here for the benefit of those who missed it. 

Jesus said to the harlot "Go and sin no more." Those in 
power in Richmond say to the harlots "Go and sin some 
more, and bring us the price of your shame." You see, 
there are two or three men who hang around the city hall of 
Richmond who have authority and influence with men in 
oii 39 and who have admitted on oath that they sold that 
influence for money to corporations. These men have influ- 
ence over courts and juries and over the police department, 
both the police force and the police board, of which the 
mayor is a member and the president, and these men have 
proven by their public acts and their underhanded, secret 
acts with public affairs that they have no such thing as prin- 
ciple in their makeup. It ii a well known fact that these 
men make money out of the continuance of the red light 
evil and that their pressure on officials is responsible for the 
defiance of the law on the part of the police board. 

Some time ago we desired to get evidence against these 
crooked politicians. So an offer was made to a woman in a 
house of ill-fame in the segregated section, who was dissat- 
isfied with her lot, to start her up in a house of her own. 
She was to find out, from one already in charge of such a 
house, how to proceed. She was informed that she should 
first make plans to rent a house, and she would be shown 
how to proceed further. She did this, but on finding she 
would have to pay $50.00 a month for a house that would 
ordinarily rent for $10.00 to $20.00 a month elsewhere she 
returned discouraged, and on telling her predicament she 
was told that that was a small matter, as she would take in 
more than that any Saturday or Sunday night. 

She therefore made her plans to rent the $50.00 house and 
returned to the older proprietor to learn how to "get pro- 


tection." She was told she'd make an engagement with a 
mm "who stood in" to arrange that for her. 

This man was to meet with her on a certain night. 

On the appointed night he came and before seeing the one 
desiring to start up in business he cautiously asked who was 
putting up the money — for money was to be given him for 
protection, besides money was to be spent for furnishing, 
etc., etc. The woman did not know. Next she was asked 
who were "her friends" When the names given did not suit, 
as one suspected of being a spy was mentioned, 
consternation seized the "protector." He smelled a 
rat and cried out "you get rid of that woman and d — m 
quick." That settled the question for that woman, and 
when the backer went again to the house he 
was informed that the woman he sought had left town. It 
was soon learned that this woman had been spirited away 
the very next day to protect all parties concerned. 

She was followed to another city and after one interview 
with her there she mysteriously disappeared again and no 
trace of her can be found at this writing. It was, 
however, learned from her by the one interview who the 
protector was. He is a well know politician, who stands- 
in with courts and councils and police. 

Some of the evidence here recorded later came out when 
the editor was cross questioned on the witness stand, but 
since the conclusive evidence against- the guilty politician 
had been destroyed by the "suspicious" disappearance of 
the woman the facts and name of the politician were not 
published in the Idea, nor did we even care to even mention 
his name in court. But, when the court ruled we should 
answer the question as to the man in the case put to us by 
the prosecutor, or "persecutor" we told his name in court. 

That man still has his influence and still frequents the pri- 
vate offices of judges, high officials and the police, and the 
alliance with crime still continues. The harlots are protect- 
ed and Richmond's young men are encouraged in debauchery 
and licenciousness and lewdness, which fastens the most 
vile, filthy, hereditary and contageous diseases upon them to 
be transmitted in later years to innocent women and chil- 


dren, who suffer and shall suffer to the third and fourth 
generation, because the authorities of Richmond say to these 
criminals " go, sin some more, we'll see you are protected 
and encouraged." 

Still The Idea man is criticized for breaking up the busi- 
ness of these women, and he is often told not to be hard on 
them, that Jesus did not condemn them, he said "go, sin 
no more." The Idea has never condemned them either, 
there is grief and pity for the erring woman, together with 
the command, already enacted into a law by the people of 
Virginia, "Go, sin no more." And this law men have sworn 
to enforce, while at the same time resolving in their hearts 
to help these same sinning souls into deeper grief and 
shame and crime by encouraging them to "go and sin some 
more, and bring to our businessmen who are in the council, 
big rental commissions, and our merchants big profits on 
dress goods, and our furnituremen extortionate prices, for 
be it also known that clerks in Richmond stores are in- 
structed to always get a big price from these poor creatures, 
a large part of whose income goes to the keeper of the dive, 

Commissioner Again in Court 

In connectian with the case against the Woodland Heights 
Corporation charged with the installing of pipe connections 
with the city of Richmond without permission, a summons 
was issued against plumber C. Manning, Jr. Police Commis- 
sioner, on whom, the papers tell us, the blame for stealing 
from the city (for that is what it would be called if you or 
I were guilty of the act) was placed in the preliminary hear- 
ing last Tuesday. 

This is the second time recently that Mr. Manning has 
been in court on such charges, and it only convicts Manning 
the more in the public eye, of the charge of being in poli- 
tics for profit to say that Mr. Manning generally, if not 
always, not only succeeds in smoothly gliding out from un- 


der such charges with out paying a penalty, tut also, tret 
he does so with a smile, for this is the same C. Manning, Jr. 
that got $10CO for his influence with councilrrtn in the tele- 
phone scandal a few years ago, for which he got— no, not a 
fine and jail sentence, oh, no, but a beautiful coat of white 
wash instead. 

In the present instance, whether guilty or not guilty who 
shall ever be able to declaie? For history will icptat itself 
as Mr. Manning "convinces" (?) the court of his goodness 
and innocence. 

Another Walk through Mayo 


Fourteen Year Old Girls in House of 


Man and Woman Make Illicit Bargain Publicly on 

Side Walk. 

No. We are not going to tell this time all we saw or heard 
as we took a walk through Mayo Street on Sunday night. 
It's too rank. Howsomeever, we took a look at Mayo Street 
recently and heard some things and saw some things. 

Mayo Street is only about 3 blocks long, and extends from 
Broad— near its intersection with jail alley— over to Main 
Street. The last square from Franklin to Main is called 
Locust Alley, as it is very narrow, and the very lowest 
element (so to speak) patronizes it, and the looks of the wo- 
men there attest the fact that one can contract a fearful 
disease at a very low price. Branching off from Locust 
Alley is another alley inhabited by sickly poor white trash 
and negroes dwelling in awfully insanitary quarters and one 


actually fears contagion to walk along the road way, the 
surroundings and sights are so unclean in every sense. 

In this section epidemics of small pox and other diseases, 
besides crime, now a recognized disease, have been known 
to break out, to end, the angels only know where. 

Yet this vile spot is under the watchful care of the police 
boird who protect these diseased women in their crimes tho 
they have taken a solemn oath to break it up. 

On Mayo Street proper, the red lights and the music, so- 
called, and the carousing would tell even a foreigner or a 
blind man in what section of Hell he was. 

Here the writer saw a loosely clad woman at eleven o'clock 
at night engaged in conversation with six males 
one of whom openly made an indecent offer and the price 
of the shame was named out loud, etc., etc. 

What else went on publicly in the street wont bear repe- 
tition here. 

A little farther up at No. 121 N. Mayo, the door swung open 
as we passed and disclosed among the other lewd females 
a girl of perhaps 14 years in knee dresses accompanied by a 
youth of some 16 or 18 years and the conversation at part- 
ing was disgusting in the extreme. 

Now stop, gentle reader, and consider that this evil is 
fastened on the city of Richmond against your will, and 
your laws to the contrary, by a vile, unlawful police board, 
men who use their positions of power as appointees of po- 
lice to restrain the police from their sworn duty to enforce 
the law, and all this in spite of the fact that those European 
cities, which these men are imitating in countenancing this 
evil by segregating it, have discovered by long experience 
the error of thus fostering crime, and have in many instan- 
ces returned to the old law of suppressing the evil and in 
other instances the agitation is being made to do likewise. 

In Europe, however, and other places, laws were passed 
making this experiment in segregation legal. Here in Rich- 
mond however the experiment has been made, in direct vio- 
lation of law and in spite of a most drastic legislative en- 
actment, by Chris. Manning, et als, beneficent keepers of 
the morals of the city. 

Bliley-Undertaker- Councilman 
Before the One John 

The otl the 'undertaker, was up before Jus : 

John for burying a body in Oakwocd Cemetery without 

why, of coarse, Justice John let him off, for is 
councilman and is not the One John soon to run for 
office again before this same council? Bliley was found 
it did not deny it, but Justice John let him go. 

Clyde Saunders Back on City 

The Idea To Fight Him Again 

Just as THE IDEA predicted two years ago, when Clyde 
Saunders was repudiated as City Committeeman by the 
voters of Richmond, that he would soon be back on the com- 
mittee, that committee has met and undone the will of the 
people by themselves replacing Clyde on the committee 
which dominates so "crookedly" the political affairs of Rich- 

THE IDEA desires to state that all statements made 
about Clyde in the past in THE IDEA are true and show 
Clyde unfit for any office in the gift of the people. And 
THE IDEA will expose him again at this election as it did 

My! but didn't Jones show up "Railroad" Martin as the 
agent of the "Yellow Dog" or "Cur Dog" fund in that Al- 
bemarle speech? 

Watches and Prizes for Boys 

Beginning with this issue watches will be given to the 
boys who sell the most IDEAS between now and the last of 
next month. IDEA agents will take the names and num- 
ber of all boys selling IDEAS and the boy selling the largest 
number on Church Hill will be giv?n a watch and the boy 
selling the largest number from THE IDEA Office, 11C6 
Capitol Street will be given a watch. The next 5 largest 
numbers will be rewarded by a handsome knife. 

Get busy and earn a watch or a knife. 

Watch for further information on this cover page. 


Butt Inarft nf (ttlf arittra $c Qlnm rtinna 

GEORGE H. DENNY, Chairman Lexington 
JOSEPH T. MASTIN, Secretary 

Richmond, Va., July 15, 1911. 
Mr. C. H. Gootee, 

My Dear Brother: 

I have read your pamphlet, "Rescuing Fallen Girls", 
which you gave me yesterday. I wish every Christian in 
Richmond could read it. I enclose my check for ore dollar. 
I wish I could make it ten thousand. 
Praying God's richest blessing upon your work, I am, 
Sincerely yours, 


Mr. C. H. Gootee is conducting a work for erring girls. 
His address is 806 West Cary Street, where his booklet can 
be had for 10 cents a copy. You may help in this good work. 





Vol. V.- AUGUST 5, 1911 

No. 9 

Do You Get The "IDEA/' 


Remitting Fines in Polic3 Cojrt, 

The Beattie Murder 

Charles P. Davis - 

Police Picnic, 

Richmond Women Protest 


Fire In The Idea Print Shop 

Page 3 

Pages 2, 15, 16 

Being some sermonettes published monthly for the common good at 
Richmond, Va., by Adon A. Yoder, Editor, Publisher and Printer, 
1106 Capitol Street, Richmond, Virginia. Phone Monroe 2708'. 



Mayor Richardson Sleeps on While Grafters Fleece the People 

Dancing to Tune of the Police Board. Who Pays the Fiddler? 



VOL. V. AUG. 5, 1911 No. 9 

Five Cents a Copy 50 Cents a Year 

Published Monthly on Saturday by Adon A. Yoder 

1106 Capitol Street, Richmond, Va. 

Remitting Fines in Police Court 

A Practice That Serves the Crooks 

(Continued from last issue) 

Justice John Crutchfield of the Richmond Police Court of- 
ten fines or sentences to jail men who it is afterwards learn 
ed never paid the fines or served term. 

The editor of THE IDEA has asked Justice John concern- 
ing this matter and Mr. Crutchfield admitted that he did 
often remit such sentences and upheld his action on the 
ground that it was wise to let it appear to the public that 
men were severely dealt with so that criminals would be de- 
terred through fear of a like sentence, when he might deem 
it wise later to let the prisoner oft free. 

One can readily see what a field for evil practices this un- 
heard of and irregular procedure on the part of the 
Justice opens up for unprincipled men. 

In the first place, rumors came to THE IDEA cffice that 
the money turned over by Justice John's Court for fines did 
not amount to near as much as the fines imposed. 


T'n.31 toD, it also was learned that often when a man was 
fined more than he could pay certain lawyers of the police 
court would find out how much money he had and offer to 
get him off for a consideration. In such instances fines have 
been remitted by Justice John, and Gilbert Pollock and oth- 
er officers of the court have received fees for the work. 
The trouble here is two-fold. In the first place the State 
should have such money that a criminal has for an offence 
if he is guilty. 

If he is not guilty, it ought not to be necessary for court 
hangers-on to make money out of innocent men. 

So THE IDEA investigated. First, Justice Crutchfield 
was asked about the practice and he replied that it was oft- 
en best to impose a heavy fine and sentence for the sake of 
the public, to warn criminals against like offences, and he 
held he had a right to remit a fine or jail sentence at his own 

Now such a theory may sound all right but in practice one 
can readib see what an evil it becomes. 

For instance, a case is reported of a man fined $20.C0 who 
asked Justice John to let him off. Justice John refused. He 
saw a well known attorney who practices in that court, who 
found out how much money he had, went to see Justice 
John, returned and said: "You give me your $5.00 and I 
will fix it all right with the court." The $5.00 was produced 
and the fine was remitted. 

Such practices have become a matter of frequent occur- 
rence, and on one occasion two separate hangers-on of the 
police court claimed aj fee from one person for having the 
same fine remitted. 

As a result of this practice, it is impossible to tell wheth- 
er the fines collected tally with the reports or not, as no one 
knows what fines stand and what are remitted. 

Besides, when some time ago we called on the officer in 
charge to see the records he was unwilling to show them, 
thus making it appear bad for somebody. 

It is possible to see only the docket with its record of fines 
imposed and marks on it of "remitted", etc. This, however, 
is not and should not be the final record of fines collected as 


often fines are neither paid nor remitted but sentence is 

Thus from the docket no accounting can be made and the 
other records are not open to the public. 

We are frank to admit that the whole business looks migh- 
ty bad, and even if there is no possible misuse of funds, 
there is the equally bad abuse of power on the part of the 
justice and the resultant opening up to evil men of field of 
legal (save the mark) practice and graft which should find 
no place in a city government. 

The method of procedure now in vogue in the Richmond 
police court is a blot and blemish on the name of the city. 

^ * i > ^ 

The Cause of the Beattie Murder 

May Stuart's Testimony the Clue 

Points to the Real Guilty Party 

Back of murder was adultery, 

Back of adultery was greed, 

Back of greed was crooked politics, 
In place, back of Midlothian Turnpike was West Main Street, 
Beyond West Main Street was Mayo Street, 
Beyond Mayo Street was the City Hall. 
In person, back of H. C. Beattie was Beulah Binford, 
Back of Beulah Binford was May Stuart, 
Back of May Stuart was Chris Manning and the police 

In looking for the cause of the murder of Mrs. H. C. Beat- 
tie by her husband of a few months one is horrified to find 
that this heinous crime had its beginning in the red light 
district of Richmond, over which Chris Manning has testi- 
fied on the witness stand that he and the police board pre- 
side and for which they make laws, rules and regulations in 
utter defiance not only of law and order but in very disre- 


gard of decency and purity and morality and health and the 
sacredness of the home and democracy itself. 

May Stuart boldly on the witness stand told how she har- 
bored young Beattie and the Binford girl and rented them 
quarters for lewdness, making of her place of whoredom, in 
which the police board agree to protect her, also a place of 
common assignation which the officers pretend to have such 
a horror of and which they pretend to try to break up. 

Yet May Stuart of 221 N. Mayo Street, openly told of her 
acts on the witness stand and never a word is heard from 
the police who were looking at her when she confessed her 
heinous crime. And do you know why? It's just because 
the police have a tacit agreement with these denizens' of the 
midnight world that they may commit any sin in the cate- 
gory of Hell from selling whiskey and wines and beers with- 
out license up to the most horrible unnatueal crimes with 
which Richmond's red light district is fairly reeking today. 
The unnatural, depraved practices openly engaged in in 
this official Hell-hole of Richmond if even hinted at so as to 
convey any idea of their wantonness would be unreadable. 

And this is the place that starts murder and every other 
known crime. 

If there were no Mayo Street Henry Beattie would not 
have bean a d3rei9rats rike. Had Henry Beattie not 
beaa encDuragel in his rakish propensities by the red 
light district he would not have been guilty of leading astray 
young girls. 

If his relations with these girls had not existed then the 
murder would not have been committed. Richmond's so- 
called "regulation" of vice has added another murder to its 
list of crimes including already this year, suicides, thefts, 
perjury, diseases and scores of other ills. 

It was the coalition of crime with politics that permitted 
this May Stuart to acknowledge herself on the public wit- 
ness stand the keeper of an assignation house and still hold 
up her head and go free. 

And Beulah Binford, tho charged with no crime, is put in 
jail, contrary to all law. Paul Beattie too, not even charged 
with being a suspect of any crime, and sick, with only one 


lung left, is not only deprived of his liberty but confined in 
a criminal's cell, deprived of his right to make a living for 
his family, all because, perchance, somebody's reputation 
as a lawyer is at stake if the suspect is not convicted. 

That Coroners Inquest 

Did you know that the coroner's jury had a right and 
even a duty to put H. C. Beattie on the witness stand and 
rigorously cross exairrne him and get at the bottcm of the 
murder mystery from the lips of the only one known to be 
present at the murder. This was not a trial of H. C. Beat- 
tie and the appearance of Harry Smith interfering with the 
course of justice by fooling the coroner into letting him ap- 
pear for his client was entirely contrary to all sense and 
reason and even precedent. 

Since the coroner's inquest is not a trial of anybody and 
since the coroner is empowered without restriction to swear 
witnesses, etc., H. C. Beattie could not claim any right not 
to furnish the jury with any evidence in his possession. The 
coroner not being a lawyer simply made a mistake, and we 
think a serious one, for while Beattie is on trial as he is 
now charged with the crime the trial court cannot put him 
on the witness stand to testify against himself. Tho Dr. 
Loving, the coroner, is a personal acquaintance of the wri- 
ter and has been held in high esteem by him since school 
days, we must state that his lack of experience in legal 
matters led him into a blunder in the conduct of the inquest. 

Even Harry Smith had to confess he never heard of such 
a proceeding. 

It was at this hearing that May Stuart acknowledged her 
crime of keeping a common assignation house and in the 
presence of officers of the law of the city of Richmond in 
which her crime was committed, and yet even now, two 
weeks later, she has not been arrested. 

Tell your friends about THE IDEA. 



How He Turned Down the Grafter 

*E all know that Richmond is a graft lidden city as is 
evidenced by the fact that whenever one finds that 
the walks or roadways on a certain block or section 
of the city are better than these surrounding he also finds 
that a councilman either owns property near, which is en- 
hanced in value by the improvement, or is an especial 
"friend" of some one who owns such property. 

This is a fact which has been remarked on for years in 
this city, but one seldom has an admission from councilmen 
of undue influence brought to bear upon them because such 
influence is always applied through personal friends whom 
they are not inclined to expose. 

The late councilman, Chas. P. Davis, of Clay Ward, who 
died recently, was never a wealthy man, tho many council- 
men with less visible income have amassed considerable for- 
tunes through much briefer service in the city legislative 

We have learned through different sources of an incident 
in the life of councilman Davis, told to different acquaint- 
ances by Mr. Davis, which illustrates how councilmen are 
paid for unprincipled acts which may divert money into the 
pockets of favored friends, which friends are often so zeal- 
ous in working for the election of said councilmen. 

The incident was on this wise. Mr. Davis, who occupied 
a house of moderate rental value, was offered a much larger 
and more desirable home on a more fashionable residence 
avenue in the West End at a very lew rent by a property 
owner of that section. 

The rent was so much lower than he could get from other 
parties that Mr. Davis was prompted to enquire why the of- 
fer was made him. He was told by the owner that since 
he, Mr. Davis, was a councilman he would be a desirable 
occupant of the house because he could get the city to make 


needed improvements in that section and the owner had 
other properties there whose values would thus be enhanced. 

In other words, the offer was to buy Mr. Davis' influence 
by favors. 

Mr. Davis of course refused the offer and continued to 
live in more moderate quarters, because he was a man of 
principle, unlike Clyde Saunders, C. Manning and "Dutch" 
Leaman who openly sold their influence with councilmen for 
eleven, ten and nine hundred dollars each. 

Ttt i'j <P » pn 

An Important Question 

What is the part of us which God must pass upon, either 
to accept or reject as being worthy to adorn His Kingdom? 
It is not what we would like to be; but rather what we real- 
ly are. Then, may we sum up all our forces in the great 
task of completely putting away former things of a worldly 
nature, and building in their stead a quiet, peaceful mind, 
zealous of good works. This can come only after we have 
enjoyed first, regeneration, then a Godly walk in obedience 
unto the Lord. Any other way will prove a failure. 


It's funny that whenever a rascal is exposed, his friends 
cry oat against his exposer as a "Mud slinger", as if the 
mud got on the rascal by being thrown there by the other 

The man who exposes should be called the "broom sling- 
er" as his exposure only helps to clean up, not to daub up. 

Just as soon as good men begin a work of reform the 
crooks cry him down as a defamer of the "good" name of 
the crook, or of the fair name of "Democracy" or of the 
City or State, and their respectable (?) friends cry "Amen." 

LH the so-called "Mad-slinging" go on, so long as it 
helps us get rid of the real "Mud wallower. " 


The Idea's Charges Proven 

When THE IDEA charged a corrupt alliance between tre 
police board and crime and cited the iailure of the police to 
arrest the Molloy woman on the same kind of evidenc of 
the same kind of crime Crutehfield, Manning and Goidcn 
had the editor jailed tho they later arrested the woman. 

THE IDEA makes the same charge now of a corrupt alli- 
ance and enquires why the Stewart woman has not been 
jailed if there is not a criminal alliance between the women 
of Mayo Street and the police powers of Richmond which 
point blank refuse to notice evidence of the most heinous 
crimes, while the exposer of such crimes is arrested and 
jailed and assaulted and persecuted by these same powers. 
Yet we must admit there are some Richmond people so igno- 
rant as to think "Richmond is no worse politically than oth- 
er places." 

THE IDEA has proven its case. The results are not our 

Richmond is politically rotten and a time of reckoning 
must as surely come as the night after the day. 


Gambling, Fighting, Drinking, Revelry 
And General Disorder 

The Annual Police Picnic held last week was a disgrace 
to the city. 

The tickets bore the legend; "No minors allowed." This 
is the same sign that appears on bar room doors — No minors 
allowed. And the reason is the same. The picnic was not 
fit for old people to attend, hence, —no minors allowed. All 
who came were furnished with just as much beer as they 


cared to drink while other drinks were to be had for the 
price, and the police took their share as was shown by the 
fights and the drunks on the ground. Two police got in the 
same fight. One was landed in the lockup, the other in the 
hospital. And the eating was not only poorly planned but 
was actually a big disgraceful grab game at which many got 
left— as there was not enough to go around. The politicians 
of course were attended to. No politician dared fail to show 
up on this occasion. 

Wires were pulled, stale jokes were cracked, booze flowed 
like water, the gambler openly plied his trade, and decent 
people who went out to help encourage The Police Benevo- 
lent Association departed in disgust and even some of the 
policemen hung their heads in shame and remarked that it 
was the worst picnic they'd ever "enjoyed." 

And the preachers— the watchmen — fail to warn the peo- 

Gregory Gets 3 Years for Steal- 
ing $21,000 

Negro Gets 5 Years for Stealing $7*00 

Within the last few weeks newspaper readers have been 
shocked to learn of a poor negro being sent to the peniten- 
itentiary for 5 years for stealing $7.00 and then of the sen- 
tence of only 3 years for stealing $21,000.00 to Lewis Greg- 
ory who hired Harry Smith to fix things for him. The gam- 
bler, the good fellow, the "brother" of the secret orders, is 
let down easy tho he stole for years and repeatedly that he 
might be a high flyer, while the poor negro man who took 
$7.00 doubtless because he needed food or clothing has to 
spend 5 years at hard labor for his small single offence. 

It is such inconsistencies that breed Mi scon tent among the 
poor, and that must eventually work the overthrow of so 
unjust a system of government. 


Gregory Was Not Out Autoing 

A Correction 

In the last issue of THE IDEA was a squib commenting 
on the report published in the papers of the city that Lewis 
L. Gregory, supposed to be in jail, was reported for running 
an auto at night without lights. 

We learn that this was a mistake but since we had seen 
no denial in the papers we took it for granted that the news- 
paper report was true. 

We are glad to learn that Mr. Satterfield was not 
guilty of permitting a prisoner to be out exceeding the 
speed limit as was reported and it gives us pleasure to state 
that not only was Mr. Satterfield "not guilty" in this in- 
stance but that THE IDEA has every reason to believe Mr. 
Satterfield an sxceptionally fine jailor, and we regret ex- 
ceedingly that the little article reflecting on Mr. Satteifield 
shoud have ever been occasioned by so unreliable a thing as 
a newspaper report. 

Between you and me and the gate-post, let this be said: 
that when every evil machine politician, except those so vile 
as to be regarded undesirable to carry on a public list, ap- 
pear as supporters of any one man, you ought not to have 
to be knocked down with a brick to know that word has 
been passed along down the line that the fellow thus sup- 
ported is a "good fellow" and that the evil elements can 
rest assured that all will be well with them so long as he is 
retained in office. 

The city of Richmond maintains a disease breeding nuis- 
ance in the large open sewer which crosses under Broad St. 
at about 16th St. and flows along through the very heart of 
the city disseminating foul odors into the houses of hundreds 
of families. Let the Health Board get busy. 


Richmond Women Protest 

Beloiv is a letter from women of the city protesting against 
the so-called regulation of vice by the police of the city. 

When the women of this community became thoroughly 
aware of conditions made by illegal acts of the Richmond Po- 
lice Board (and they are awakening to a realization of the 
state of affairs) then will the red light district with its train 
of evil and corruption be a ' thing of the past, 

Richmond, Va., June 23, 1911. 
Mr. Adon A. Yoder, 

Richmond, Va. 
Dear Sir: — 

In this great city, you seem to have, more than most men, 
the courage of your convictions. We beg to call jour atten- 
tion to a matter that is either not understood by the com- 
munity or is ignored by them. 

We have been informed that, in a specious and ineffectual 
effort for the "regulation of vice" in Richmond, physicians 
are in the habit of subjecting to physical examination those 
poor creatures who fill our houses of prostitution. The 
source of the information seemed a reliable one, and has 
been apparently justified by reports of the same thing com- 
ing from various directions. 

If this is true, is it not an illegal proceeding, or at least a 
procedure not provided for by law? It is a demonstration 
in justification of the double standard of morality — of purity 
for women and impurity and licentiousness for men. Why 
should the women— even the bad women — be made the vic- 
tims of the bad man's excesses, while he goes free? Why 
should not he feel the weight of disgrace and punishment 
as well as she? 

The excuse is made that such action as the above is nec- 
essary for the protection of innocent wives and children 
from diseas?. But it only protects and encourages men in 
wrong-doing, and furnishes excuse for the continuance of 
the evils it professes to cure, and so augments the danger 
to women and children. 


This "black plague", this social evil, which through in- 
dulgence has seized upon at least 60 per cent, of the male 
sex, and which annually claims its thousands and thousands 
of victims, is eating at the very vitals of our race, and is the 
cause of an overwhelmingly large percentage of human dis- 
eases and crime, and of what the world ignorantly calls "the 
ills that flesh is heir to". Our improvement as a race will 
be in proportion to our determined efforts to cut away this 
moral cancer from our civilization. For an able and thor- 
ough exposition of the "social evil", of its prevalence and 
its effects, of the futility of all attempts at so-called "vice 
regulation" to check it, see ''Morality and Hygiene" by La- 
vinia Dock. 

Notice the marked clipping enclosed. Is the same oath 
administered to physicians in Virginia, and why should they 
take an oath to shield one class of individuals more than 

We are anxious that you take measures to learn whether 
the report of attempted vice regulation is true or not. If it 
is we hope that you will fight it as being not only illegal and 
discriminating, but subversive of the results it is intended 
to produce and fruitful of yet greater evils. 

The courage that you have displayed in the past assures 
us that even such a matter is not beyond the sphere of your 
efforts. We hopefully leave it in your hands, but we do not 
want you to do anything that will involve you in any trouble. 

With confidence in your loyalty to justice and right, 
Very respectfully, 


On receipt of the above communication, an investigation 
was made and we are unable to find that any physical exam- 
ination referred to is made, nor is the oath pledging secrecy 
on the part of physicians demanded of physicians in Rich- 

"Vice regulation" however, with all its degrading attend- 
ant evils has been practiced contrary to law by the police 


tmrd Ol ths city as exposed by THE IDEA and as commis- 
sioners were forced to admit on the witness stand, and tho 
THE IDEA'S fight made it so uncomfortable for these law- 
133 5 petty officials that they have ceased to keep a photo- 
graph gallery of the occupants of houses of ill fame, and 
have ceased to avow any recognition or officially or out- 
wardly take any stand in the matter, still police are quietly 
informed to ignore the law and not see its violation in these 
fivsreJ se2tions, sat apart by mutual understanding be- 
tween lewd women, unprincipled land owners and rental 
agents and a corrupt police board. 

Fire In the Idea Print Shop 

THE IDEA desires to express its appreciation of the 
p;3Tint and eft active service rendered on last Tuesday 
ni^ht when fire was discovered in some paper clippings in 
the rear of THE IDEA Print Shop. Chemicals were used 
and no damage was done to stock or equipment due to the 
care and ability of the fire department. 

Rotten Service on Seven Pines 


On the 4th of Julv last, a company of people w T ho had been 
enjoying a visit with friends on the Seven Pines Line desir- 
ing to return home at about 10 P. M., attempted to step 4 
different electric cars coming to Richmond. Each car was 
crowded with negroes and each motorman refused to step 
for the white passengers, including two ladies, all of whem 
had to walk the two miles to Richmond. 

On the same day a passenger who lives further down the 
line remarked on the car that on account of the car service 
he was going to move to another locality. The Power Co. 
seams to make no effort to please patrons on this line. 


If we ever get time we are going to cxro^e a rotten situa? 
tion in regard to the magistrates <f I i c 1 n end. 

We want to show why it is prcf n.l !e for one magistrate 
to hang around a police station 1 11 tl e time and how cesss 
are made just for him to rake a fee out of. 

Many of the duly elected magistrates of the city have 
practically nothing to do while a few reap a rich harvest, 
di3, first, t) f.iv>.-iti.3Ti, S320i], to crooked transactions. 



A ■ 

0/3 e attic W/urcior Special/ 



Vol. V. AUCUST26, \9\\ No. 10 

_ Who Ki!led 

Louise Beattie? 

Correspondence With 
Mayor Richardson 


Being some sermonettes published monthly for the common good at 
Richmond, Va., by Adon A. Yoder, Editor, Publisher and Printer, 
1106 Capitol Street, Richmond, Virginia. Phone Monroe 2708. 


Mayor Richardson Etc* 

Continued from Page If 


The Idea wants to call your attention to some facts concerning 
this attitude as here shown, on the part of the police department to- 
wards lawlessness. 

First, out fight is not against Policeman No. 51, neither are we 
trying to get a case against the police hoard. The policeman is not 
to blame; the board is. but the grand jury is fixed when an attempt 
is made to indict them. We shdl therefore not offer any further evi- 
dence to hurt the policeman who must violate h's oath or loose his 
job. For the sake of the public we have simply called the attention 
of the mayor to a fact, which lie already knows to exist, in order 
to show the public (our fight is one of publicity only and the people 
are awakening) that the mayor is only a dodging figure head and will 
not enforce the laws as he has sworn to do. He knows ahead) that 
the conditions 1 describe tx'tt. He knows that the police bcaid 
wants them to exist contrary to law. He knows that putting the 
matter before the board is only a play to the galleries because he 
dares not act himself. 

Out business is not prosecution. We are just showing \cu, 
the people. You will act only as you are shown. Its up to you to 
wake up. You elected the mayor and the council that elected the 
board. You'll have these rotten conditions until] you demand Com- 
mission government. 

*0$%r&& *£&& .-^Cx ;$&*& j£gg> M4?j5m* 



VOL. V. AUG. 26, 1911 No. 10 

Five Cents a Copy 50 Cents a Year 

Published Monthly on Saturday by Adon A. Yoder 

1106 Capitol Street, Richmond, Va. 

ews ^Leader J%n Jiss J 


Says Alfred Williams 

"Xat K.nbawvb llrry Abundantly With Iraina" "3ts 

(Hhtrf ©rnamrnt is its lEars anu its ^trntgtlj 

is in its l^rrls." 

MY, BUT didn't Alfred Williams put it on the News 
Leader the other day. 'Twas this way. The 
News Leader referred to Mr. Williams' being 
brought drought down from Roanoke by the Virginian as 
Balaam who was brought to curse the Isrealites. 
Williams replied thusly: 

Then we have the News Leader, comparing the 
writer for the Virginian to Balaam, called to curse 
the Israelites. Last week the Roanoke Times al- 
luded to the News Leader as a mere dumb ass, and 
the next day apologized for the suggestion as rude 
and unmannerly. Now the News Leader volunteers 
itself as the ass, with unexampled generosity. 

According to the Scriptures, Numbers, chapter 


22 and verse 29, Balaam smote the ass. And the 
ass asks: "What have I done unto thee that thou 
hast smitten me these three times? Am not I thine 
ass upon which thou hast ridden ever since I was 
thine unto this day? Was I ever wont to do so un- 
to thee?" 

This seems to be answer, from the original 
story, to the Balaam proposition of the News Leader. 
And on the next day Williams in the following' 'parli- 
amentary' manner referred again to this jack which had 
ridden the modern Balaam. 

Having disclaimed purpose to insult or affront 
or injure anybody, I must explain that there was 
no purpose to trouble the News Leader in speaking- 
of it as an ass. The ass is a patient and useful do- 
mestic creature, usually of examplary habits and 
blameless life, accustomed to accept whacks and 
whaling without protest. Its chief ornament is its 
ears and its strength is in its heels. It is not sup- 
posed to be endowed very abundantly with brains. 
It does the best it can within its limitations. There- 
fore, it is not offensive or wrong or unparliament- 
ary to describe The News Leader as an ass. 
Now the fact is Williams is a brilliant 'Balaam' with ideas 
antagonistic to the best interests of Virginia and his utter- 
ances often prove a ''Curse" to true 'Israelites' but he cer- 
tainly gave his riding "horse" an ungrateful whack when 
he put the w T ords of Balaam's Ass into the mouth of the as- 
sinine News Leader which had so faithfully ridden him for 
so many years. 

Who Killed 

Louise Beattie? 

Henry, Paul or Somebody Else 


Can The Commonwealth Convict On 
Circumstantial Evidence Under the 
Present Indictment— Will There 
Be a Hung Jury 
An Innocent Man Hung -Another Con- 
fessed the Crime 

When people get excited somebody blunders. 

From present appearances the coroners jury has al- 
ready blundered in attempting to try and convict a man 
when they were not called on so to do, and, unless the Com- 
monwealth has a vast deal more evidence than has yet 
been hinted at, the indictment, charging H. C. Beattie with 
tha Oima and stating the exact manner and method of the 
deed, is another big blunder. 

In law the question is not whether H. C. Beattie 'ought to 
be hung" for the things which can be proven of a criminal 
nature against him, and which have already been proven 
about his illicit and illegal and outrageous acts of vice, but 
wether there is evidence- to convince "beyond a reasonable 
doubt" that Mrs. Beattie was murdered as charged in the 

Now you and I after the newspaper trial of the man may 
easily be persuaded that he is the guilty party, but that 
rightfully don't satisfy the law. 

All admit that the story of the gun is the story the crime 
and yet the unsupported evidence of Paul Beattie alone con- 
nects Henry with the knowledge of the gun prior to the 
crime. Can his evidenee be confirmed and verified by others, 
or will the defense prove him a liar, or even bring evidence 
to shake his testimony and show it was probably not true or 
break down his claim of an alibi on the night of the 

With evidence so far adduced I believe H. C. Beattie, Jr. 

Continued on Page 8 


A Self-Explanatory 

Letter to Alfred 

B. Williams 

Richmond, Va., August 23, 1911. 
Editor Roanoke Times, Roanoke, Va. 

Dear Sir: — A copy of your paper of the 17th instant, has 
been handed to me. 

In an editorial on the Senatorial contest are the follow- 
ing words (with my underscoring:) 

"We have been led into the private correspondence of 
Martin and Thompson, stolen from Thompson's letter book. 
Now we are baing carried into Thompson's pocketbook. 
These are the methods of YODER, once of Lynchburg, ap- 
plied by the Honorable Carter Glass." 

"These," of course, refers to (1) the use of private cor- 
respondence stolen from another, and (2) bringing in the 
pocketbook argument. 

Inasmuch as I have never used any man's "private cor- 
respondence" and certainly nothing "stolen" from anybody's 
"letter book". I have to ask you that you make this cor- 
rection in your paper and such amends as you know to be 
the part of a gentleman who has made such a misleading 

I have frequently shown the relation of the pocketbook 
to political action and have given the proof when such rela- 
tion was charged and therefore I unhesitating ' 'plead guiltly " 
to your second charge, and I even have some pride in the 
stand I took in such matters, but I cannot but resent the 
sluring remarks, which have no foundation in fact, about 
my method of using "private" or "stolen correspondence" 


even when such remarks are made in opposition to Mr. Car- 
ter Glass whose record and reputation in Lynchburg is a 
matter of ridicule and public disappiobation among those 
who know him. Believing you will treat this as it should be 
treated, I am sincerely yours, 

Adon A. Yoder. 

State Politics! 

It is a strange state of affairs that Alfred Williams, the 
whiskey advocate, is writing for the temperance Virginian 
and that Charles V. Meredith, the clean man in politics, is 
writing in the whiskey "News Leader" and the Leader and 
The Times-Dispatch, (old time machine papers) are boost- 
ing anti-machine candidates, and Glass, the Democrat 
with a Republican tariff record and Swanson boosting re- 
putation is opposing the machine he worked so faithfully 
with, and lambasting old friends Martin and Swanscn and 
running on a 'reform, democratic anti-machine platform. 

We long to see the machine 'busted' and hope the pres- 
ent row 'in' the machine will ruin the old affair, and ulti- 
mately enable true statesmen like Montague and Meredith 
come into their own, but "shorely politics do make strange 
bed fellows." 

The Virginia 

In it all however, we do not want to say anything 
against the Virginian, we realize that it has a fight on its 
hands for existence first. For unlike The Idta it must pay 
or it cannot live. The Idea never has made money, but it 
can live awhile and die and come again. No fortune is at 
stake. It does not have to ask a business management 
whether it can afford to say a given thing. 

The Virginian, however, must please a large and varied 


clientele and has to go slow and can't afford to offend ad- 

v srtising men. 

The Virginian is doing what it can and we earnestly 
h ) »e the good people of Richmond will continue and renew 
their support of this good paper which so far excells the 
o r ,her papers of the state in its moral tone, whether it is as 
agressive as they think it should be or not. 

Don't expect any paper to agree with you on every 
question. It can't be much of a paper if it does. 

You are going to read a newspaper anyhow, therefore 
support the best one by your voice and subscription and 
discourage the others from their evil course by the with- 
drawal of your support. 

If the good people don't support the Virginian it surely 
cin't long be a negatively good paper. A paper always is 
an index of the attitude of the people who pay its bills. 

Do You Get the Idea. 

% ho JKillect/J/rj. Jtieattie? 

Continued from Page 5 

g lilty of the murder ofhis wife but with such evidence only 
I'd ba a foo! to convict on the present warrant. 

Bslief is built on uncertain, hasty, inaccurate newspaper 
reports. Proof is another thing and should be at the mouth 
of two or more witnesses. 

There miy be such a thing as circumstantial proof, when 
the circumstances are such as to preclude any other possible 

For instance the story is told of 

Jt tlfan jfcung for the Crime of Another 

in ^Patrick County 

wa have not the record before us but the facts as told are 
as follows. 

The man who was afterwards murdered, had made a trip 
on horseback with a herd of swine or sheep to the Danville 
market, and stopped on his return home at an inn in Patrick 


County. Before retiring for the night he had made an en- 
gagement with a blacksmith to arise early the next morning 
and shoa his horse so as to get an early start. This was done 
and the horse bsing shod the man mounted and proceeded, 
unaccompanied up the road. 

About this time a sheriff and a friend who were out hunt- 
ing came along the same road and on turning a bend in the 
way discovered a man leaning over the prostrate form of 
the dying traveller and withdrawing a knife frcm his heart. 
The body was warm; the knife was proven to be that of the 
man found removing it from the dead body and the pocket 
book of the dead traveller was found in the pocket of the 
apparantly guilty man who had, evidently, murdered the 
man for his money. 

Every circumstance was against the suspect and he was 
tried and found guilty and hung. 

On the stand he told the following story, which appeared 
to be the patched up yarn of a desperate man: — That he had 
left his knife sticking in the fence near the point of the 
murder as he was passing the spot going to the store short- 
ly before the crime; that on coming back he discovered the 
purse of the traveller where he had evidently dropped it, at 
the blacksmith shop; that when he taw the tiL\tllu js le 
returned up the road from the store the traveller was pros 
trate on the ground whith his knife in his heart and he, na- 
turally, pulled it out and was discovered at the time. 

The evidence, however, was so conclusive to the j^ry that 
the/ found the accused guilty and sent him to the gallows. 
Years passed by, and a man under sentense of death in an- 
other part of the state made a confession of the crime for 
which the other man had been hung. He confessed that 
on the morning of the murder he was in the woods nearby 
where he had slept the night before, and that when he saw 
the horseback rider approaching, thinking he must have 
money about him he had murdered him for his money with 
a knife he had gotten from a fence- post nearby, and that 
just as he did the deed he heard footsteps and immediau-K 
took to the woods and left the country. 
Continued on Cover Page 


Eugene C Massie 

Roasts The Times-Distress 

Reproduced from an obscure p'a'e in The Times-Dispatch 


Tj the Editor of The Times-Dispatch: 

Sir: — In the name of decency and morality, will you please 
explain to a longsuffering public why you have departed 
from the traditions of your noble founder by filling your 
front page with photographs of a female locally notorious 
in infamy? The writer, though no piude, was shocked when 
he saw it. He heard a refined lady give utterance to her in- 
finite disgust: he heard a representative gathering of gen- 
tlemen at the Westmoreland Club express their unanimous 
condemnation of the act; and he believes that you in your 
heart must be ashamed of it. Would you make vice attrac- 
tiv for a few pennies? Who those designing poses of mere- 
tricious art and seductive beauty? The performance is cor- 
rupting to youth, debasing to manhood, and insulting to the 
virginine of Virginia. The pure women of the Common- 
wealth should pelt you with protests, and at least there is 
one man who cannot keep silent. 

"Vice is a monster of so frightful mien, 
That to be hated needs but to be seen; 
Yet seen too oft, familiar with her face, 
We first endure, then pity, then embrace." 
And The Times-Dispatch should be above catering to such 
impulses, and despise the methods of the "yellow journal." 



Who Jffi'tlect 97/rs. Seattle 

It can readily be seen that as far as convincing circum- 

s:t 1 1 es a • \ oi:e *n id the nun hung for the crime appeared 
to be guilty, yet the man hung was innocent. 

If H. C. Beattie's evidence can not clearly be proven false 
and suffic ent corroboration of Paul's evidence is not forth- 
coming then the jury can not convict under the present in- 

If the mardar of Mrs. Beattie was done by Hem y 
Beattie, her husband, it is sincerely to be hoped that it will 
be so proven. No jury should convict on such evidence ; s 
has so far been made public or on evidence as condemning 
as in tha Patrick County case, unless the evidence also pre- 
cludes the possibility of any other solution of the mystery. 

as we go to press, on Friday 25th it seems probable 
that the prosecution has sufficient evidence to tear down 
Henry's account and substantiate Paul's story and uphold 
the indictment. 

r 13 1 1 3 1 i:gi3 thit u.iles3 they do have such evidence 
piV.h S3 it im3nt should not demand the life of Henry Beattie. 

9/^ayor Richardson Jand 
JLaw enforcement 

Richmond, Va., August 13. 3911. 
Mayor D. C. Richardson 

City Hall 
Dear Sir:- 

I desire to call your attentkn as i he chief 
executive of the city to the violation of the law on the part 
of individuals and the criminal connivance with them on the 
part of the police over whom you have general charge. 

I bring this to your attention at this time because of im- 
formation received to the effect that you will use j our office 

to see to law enforcement when cases ^re called to your at- 
tention and tha' - yon will see that citizens themselves aie 
not required to do police duty in swi out of warrants 

etc. in cues oc oo^n inaf faction o ? the law. 

On last Sunday night I called the attention of a police- 
man on the corner of 7th and Bro~d to a store on that coi rer 
running at full blast. 

The po'iceman asked me if I wanted to c wearouta 
warrant. I told him "No" (for that is what I pa> him to 
do.) He then said that he had "no business going into a 
mans store to see if he was violating- the law." I showed 
him that he could see from where he was standing, the trad- 
ing in drinks, confections, tobpeco etc , for the curtain was 
so hung as to oxpose the whole business to the street. He 
again dodged by insisting that I swear out a warrant which 
I of course refused to do as it w r ould only encourage him in 
violating his oath further by letting others do his sworn duty 
and besides I refuse to pay my money to a magistrate to get 
a policeman to do his duty. I took down the policerrrn's 
number, 51, and departed. 

I therefore make the charge of neglect of official duty 
against Policeman number 51 to you as chief magistrate of 
the city. 

I am 

Yours for the public good 

Adon A. Yoder. 

A. A. Yoder, Esq., 

Richmond, Va. 
Dear Sir:- 

Your communication, centairirg charge preferred 
by you against policeman No. 51, (C. T. Tinsley), was re- 
ceived yesterday afternoon, and has been referred by me to 
the Board of Police Commissioners for investigation. I 

have directed the clerk of the board to issue the necessary 
notices to the accused and witnesses, and to bring the mat- 
ter to the attention of the board for trial at the next meet- 

Yours truly, 

D. C. Richardson 


Continued on inside of front cover 




Vol. V. SEPTEMBER, 9, 19 J J. No. 11. 

, Three Rediculous 
Pictures of 

Mayor Richardson 

Being some sermonettes published monthly for the common good at 
Richmond, Va., by Adon A. Yoder, Editor, Publisher and Printer, 
1106 Capitol Street, Richmond, Virginia. Phone Monroe 2708. 



77/aj/or ^zicharcison Jand 
<J*aw unforcoment 

Richmond, Va., August 23. 1911. 
Mayor D. C. Richardson 

City Hall 
Dear Sir:- 

I desire to call your attention as the chief 
executive of the city to the violation of the law on the part 
of individuals and the criminal connivance with them on the 
part of the police over whom you have general charge. 

I bring this to your attention at this time because of im- 
formation received to the effect that you will use your office 
to see to law enforcement when cases are called to your at- 
tention and that you will see that citizens themselves aie 
not required to do police duty in swearing out of warrants 
etc. in cases of open infraction of the law. 

On last Sunday night I called the attention of a police- 
man on the corner of 7th and Broad to a store on that coiner 
running at full blast. 

The policeman asked me if I wanted to swear out a 
warrant. I told him "No" (for that is what I pa\ him to 
do.) He then said that he had "no business going into a 
mans store to see if he was violating the law." I showed 
him that he could see from where he was standing, the trad- 
ing in drinks, confections, tobacco etc , for the curtain was 
so hung as to oxpose the whole business to the street. He 
again dodged by insisting that I swear out a vairant which 
I of course refused to do as it would only encouiage him in 
violating his oath further by letting others do his sworn duty 
and besides I refuse to pay my money to a magistrate to get 
a policeman to do his duty. I took down the policeman's 
number, 51, and departed. 

I therefore make the charge of neglect of official duty 
against Policeman number 51 to vou as chief magistrate of 



VOL. V. SEPT. 9, 1911 No. 11 

Five Cents a Copy 50 Cents a Year 

Published Monthly on Saturday by Adon A. Yoder 

1106 Capitol Street, Richmond, Va. 

The Beattie Murder 

If there was ever a trial in which more lies were told than in the 
trial of H. C. Beattie we would not care to hear of it. 

Almost all the important witnesses were made liars by opponent 
witnesses who in turn were proven liars by others. 

Besides liars the trial afforded the sight of as motley a bunch of 
gamblers, whore mongers, degraded women, ex-convicts and law 
violating automobile speeders as was ever assembled. 

When this is published the fate of Henry Beattie will perhaps be 

If the perpetrator of the heinous crime, whoever he is, is not con- 
victed it will be largely because the present state of society has pro- 
duced a breed of men who can no: be believed on oath. 

Socialists would change all this and make man happy by 
giving him a just and sensible government under which 
whoredom would soon disappear with all its attendant evils 
of murder, rape, gambling and drunkenness, because the 
cause of these things would be removed: 



The Quaker and the Calf* 
The Idea and the Machine 

An old quaker was trying to get a calf over a stile, 
and the calf would not go, until finally he said, "Beast, 
I will not curse thee, and I will not chastise thee, but 
I will twist thy dern tail off." 

The Idea, man won't run for office to try to beat the 
crooked machine that way nor will he become a public pro- 
secutor, but he will, by his campaign of publicity try to 
twist the dern tail off the squirming affair. 

"I notice there is a whole batch of candidates out for 
presidential nomination." 

"Sure, Morgan lets the people amuse themselves for 
months before the convention." 

TJhe Sciea 7/fan Summoned. 

Tjhe {Police fBoard 
Jfcas a Solemn J'arce 

Pretend to try a policeman without a case against him. 

On the cover pages will be found certain correspondence between 
the editor of the Idea and the mayor of the city concerning the at- 
titude of the police towards law enforcement. 

On the strength of those letters the little Mayor proceeded to 
dodge his responsibility by trying the policeman before the board 
whose order he was obeying when he refused to break up the Sun- 
day selling. As announced in the last issue we were not trying to 
make policeman No 51 suffer we were just giving the Mayor an 
opportunity to show the people that he was not Mayor at all. 


He's just a little figure head and don't dare get a case against a 
policeman because he knows the fault is with the board of which he 
is afraid. 

We have succeeded in showing the people that the policemen 
don't do there duty because they don't dare do it. 

That's what we started out to do, and in doing it we made an ass 
of the Mayor by having him have a trial of a policeman for doing 
what his bosses made him do. 

We wonder why he could not see far enough to know that he 
and the board were really on trial 

The Idea charges that policemen every Sunday violate their 
oaths, but far be it from us to prosecute such officer for a thing 
for which another is to blame. 

The Police Board is red handed with the guilt of it all, 
and yet the little Mayor refers to them a case in which they are the 
real criminals. 

What the Mayor should have done, and would have done if he 
were a real Mayor, was to investigate and get a case against the 
guilty parties before going off half cocked Trouble is the Mayor is 
between the devil and the deep blue sea. 

If he were a real Mayor he would see that the laws were en- 
forced as he has sworn to do in spite ©f the unlawful interference 
on the part of the police board. 

Of course the board exonerated the officer because we would 
not bring any witnesses against him as we stated in the last Idea we 
would not do. 

P. S. One thing leaked out at tha hearing however. From the 
way the Police Commissioners talked they have evidently entered 
into a criminal alliance with Sunday violators just as the lDFA has 
shown they did with the prostitutes on Mayo street. The)' enquired 
how the curtains were hung, as if it were not against THEIR 
rules for people to violate the law behind a curtain. 

Another thing, Douglas Gordon was the personification of indig- 
nant and offended officialdom as he hastily, tho solemnly moved 
that the officer be exonerated. Why of course! No body but the 
IDEA man, a jail-bird charged him, and even he did not want to 
hurt the policeman. Strange little men that they cannot see the day 
of reckoning. 


a). C. u?/c A arc/son, 
J&ero 7/fai/or 

On {Page Seven Tl/ill be S*ound Uhree !Pic~ 

tures of the TTfayor 

Concerning Mayor Richardson in his private life we have 
nothing to say. Concerning his public life we have some- 
what to tell you, for you and I have hired this man to do 
a certain work, and we specified just what we wanted done 
and got him on the stand and impressed him with the solem- 
nity and the importance of the work before him, and made 
him swear before God he would do that work. He solemnly 
repeated the oath Saying: 

"I, D. C. Richardson, do solemnly swear that 
I will support the constitution of the United 
States, and the constitution of the State of Virginia 
. . . . and that I will faithfully and impartial- 
ly discharge and perform all the duties incumbent 
upon me as Mayor, according to the best of my abi- 
lity. SO HELP ME GOD!" 
The Code of Virginia Sec 120. Page 239 Says: The Mayor 
shall see that the duties of the various city officials, mem- 
bers of the police force and fire departments . . . are 
faithfully performed. " 

And then, section 3927 of the Code, in defining these du- 
ties of the police, which the mayor has sworn to see faith- 
fully performed; says "It shall be the duty of said police to 
apprehend and carry before a justice to be dealt with ac- 
cording to law, all persons whcm they rray be directed 
by the warrant of a justice to apprehend or whom 
they have cause to suspect have violated, or intend to violate 
any law of the state. ' ' 

Now that's just as plain as the nose on the mayor's face 
isn't it? 


Nm let's S93 if the mayor violates his oath or not. Let's 
see if the mayor told the truth. He swore he'd perform 
his duty " so help me God. " He swore that he would see 
that the duties of the police were faithfully performed. 

He swore HE would see that "said police" should arrest 
all persons whom they had cause to suspect had violated or 
intended to violate any law of the state.'' 

Now we need not go into the question of what the state 
law is, concerning Sunday trading and store keeping. The 
mayor admits the law and arrests are made on it provided some 
citizen swears out a warrant. 

So the question is simply this: Has the mayor violated 
his oath in swearing to enforce a law which is admitted to 
exist, and then point blank refusing to see that the law is en- 
forced by refusing to see that the guilty parties are arrested. 

In other words, does the mayor have any "cause to sus- 
pect" that certain store keepers "have violated or intend 
violate any state law. " If he does he has violated his oath 
and has thus not told the truth. 

Now the Idea charges that various citizens, organizations 
and newspapers have repeatedly brought and are repeatedly 
bringing before the Mayor evidence to at least "cause him 
to suspect" that the Sunday closing law is not 
enforced in Richmond, and evidence to "cause him to sus- 
pect" and know positively that certain stores on Broad and 
Main and other prominent streets keep open boldly and 
employ large bodies of clerks every Sunday to sell confec- 
tions, tobaccos, drinks, cakes and ice creams. 

The Idea charges, what every citizen knows to be the 
fact, that the police always dodge the issue, refuse to ar- 
rest, claim no jurisdiction, or instructions from the board 
(which has nothing under heaven to do with law enforce- 
ments,) or lack of knowledge or lack of evidence, when 
what they really mean to say is that a criminal police board 
will make them forfeit their jobs if they live up to their 
oaths, though in law the police board's duties are merely 
administrative of rules and regulations concerning hours, 
badges, uniforms, appointments, etc. 

The Idea charges that D. C. Richardson as Mayor, is a 


mi -entity, a figure-head of the zero type, a naught with 
the rim rubbed off, a bung-hole with no barrel around it, 
a hole in a doughnut, a nothing completely rubbed out and 
effaced and the paper, on which it is supposed to have been 
written, destroyed, annihilated, burnt up and transmuted 
into etherial negativity and nothingness. 

The Idea charges that Richmond has no mayor, and that 
the police board has usurped the functions of the mayor, 
has put him on a back seat and are today running the town 
purely to suit themselves and absolutely contrary to law, 
while he sits supinely by and takes his medicine like a good 
little boy, all because he knows who elected him, and be- 
cause hs does not assume the prerogative of his office for 
fear he won't be elected next time, or else he entered into a 
tacic understanding with the ward heelers of the city, 
Clyde Saunders' gang, when he was elected formerly. 

To prove our contention we cite the following: 

Many citizens of the city have recently been bombarding 
the mayor with protests against the action of the police in 
stopping certain people of little influence and money from 
breaking the law while they absolutely refuse to arrest in- 
fluential people for the same offence. Just the other day 
a negro was arrested for pressing a suit of clothes after 12 
o'clock Saturday night. The officer went into his place and 
apprehended him— notice; he did not report him, but ar- 
rested him and locked him up , and he was fined $2.50 and 

On the other hand, just last Sunday the editor of this pa- 
par saw a soda fountain at 7th and Broad streets doing a 
land office business in drinks, cigars, etc., and reported the 
same to a police sergeant who was standing on the corner 
and knew all about the infraction of the law. The sergeant 
refused to do anything but simply took down my name, and 
up to this writing has evidently not even "reported" the 
occurence, for w r e have not even been summoned to appear 
against the party. On the same day others reported the 
same violator and also Rocchiciolli on 7th and Main, both of 
whom have been previously ''reported" and fined. 

Continued on Page 10 


Above will be found three pictures of D. C. Richardson, 
as Mayor of Richmond. The first represents a bung-hole 
with no barrel around it. The second represents a zero with 
the rim rubbed off. The third represents the center of a 


< D. C Richardson, 35ero 97/aj/or frcm r,£;t 8 

At six o'clock we went again to the corner of 7th and 
B *o id stra its aad repDrted to two policemen the same store, 
oi :n and doing business, and urged the police that it was 
his daty not t> '"report" but to arrest and "stop" the crime. 
The policeman simply wrote in his memorandum and let the 
7\ )Il:):' coitinue his violation, all because he had instruc- 
tions from somebody higher up not to act according to his 
oath and the law of the land, and stated that he could not 
arrest and could not go into the place to- see if the law was 
being violated. 

Of course we knew the policeman would loose his job if 
he attempted to go according to his oath of office, and the 
fellow admitted it by quoting something from his "manuel" 
which appeared to justify him before the board for violating 
his oath. 

Thus it appears that the board issues instructions against 
the law and prevents policemen from doing their duty. And 
the zero mayor, who, if he had any back-bone, could put the 
whole police board out of office for malfeasance, ack- 
nowledges himself party to the crime by dodging the issue 
and like a baby— and a girl baby at that, stating as he ^did 
recently to a citizen, that he goes to church on Sunday, and 
then goes home to his family and does not know of his own 
k:i.v.vledge of any violation of the Sunday laws. 

The Idea states that when the mayor swore to enforce the 
law he did not tell the truth. We have herein proven that 
he wont do what he swore he would do. Now look again 
on page seven aad see if our pictures of the mayor are not 
exact likenesses. 


Dominates The City. 

The Idea had intended to get out an extra election edition 
on the 7th to republish the articles published in the Idea 


two years ago concerning the crooked deal of Clyde Saun- 
ders and others in selling their influence with councilmen 
for money, but we soon learned that "Boss" Clyde had fixed 
things so that if he got only one vote he would be elected. 

This article is being written on Wednesday before the 
election, but Saunders will of course be elected, because 
there are only five members of the City Committee from 
each ward and Clyde is one of the five names proposed from 
Clay ward. All of them will have to be elected, Boss Clyde 
included, although nine-tenths of the people should scratch 
his name from the ballot. 

This state of affairs, whereby evil politicians get into office 
exists only because not a single newspaper in the town dares 
to say any thing to break up the City Committee ring. As the 
IDEA has frequently pointed out the Democratic City Committee" 
ship is the most important office in the city, because of its influence 
in deciding elections. 

Just think of this for a moment. "Boss" Clyde Saunders was re- 
pudiated by the voters two years ago. Inspite of that fact he was 
retained on the state Committee and appointed to "whitewash" the 
dirty Norfolk mess when the people down there revolted against the 
machine. If the State Committee did not have such men as Clyde 
Saunders, on it these crooks in Norfolk and all over the state would 
know they could not vote dead men and steal elections as they do in 
Norfolk and Richmond. If the Newspapers of the state would clean 
up the rottenness in Virginia politics let them get at the cause and 
agitate publicly the question of clean men on the local com- 
mittees who make up later the state committee and then, and only 
then will there be any possibility of electing the best men to the 
other state offices. 

[f crooks control the machinery of elections as they do in \ irginia 
today through so-called Democratic committees, the notorious ma- 
chine can not help but live. One does not have to point back 
twenty years to see elections stolen throughout the state, or in this 
city. Present members of the city committee are responsible for the 
fact that the peoples wishes are not recorded on election day in the 
city of Richmond. 

Let the newspapers show the real point of evil in our present rot- 
ten machine ridden government and see that clean men offer them- 


selves and are elected to office as committeemen and then and not 
not until then will clean men dominate the city or state. When a 
crooked committee controls election machinery they always see to it 
that their men are retained in office. No use trying to elect clean 
meiij who oppose machine government if the machine has the polls 

Get rid of Boss Clyde. If Richmonders have not eeough interest 
in clean government to do that then they dont deserve good govern- 

9Ifr. A lfred lO illiams 

" jipologized to 97fr. 2/oder" So jfce States 

in the Virginian of Jiugust 29th, 

In the last issue of the Idea we published a letter to Mr. 
Alfred Williams, editor of the Roanoke Times, in which we 
took Mr. Williams to task for certain editorial remarks in 
his paper of a previous date. On the following Tuesday, 
August 29th. Mr. Williams published in The Richmond Vir- 
ginian, and in The Roanoke Times, editorially, an article 
over his signatnre in which he stated in the opening sen- 
tences, "already I have apologized to Mr. Yoder for class- 
ing him with the Hon. Carter Glass." 

So we guess he must have apologized in The Roanoke 
Times of a previous date for the article in that paper in 
which he had made the false statement. 

We have not seen the apology he refers to but Mr. Wil- 
liams is an honorable man and we guess he must have made 
it. Selah! 

We have private individuals whose rent rolls are equal to 
the wages of seven or eight thousand other individuals. 
What do these highly benefited individuals do to society for 
their wages? Kill partridges. Can this last? No. by the 
soul that is in man it cannot, and shall not. — Thomas Carlyle. 


Uhe ffiemedt/ for the Sils of 'Democracy 

is 9/fore ^Democracy Such as 

the Socialist Zrarty 

Jit one Stands J 7 or 

Daring the past few years The Idea has been exposing 
the evils of the present state of society, not in order to ac- 
complish any immediate good, but to awaken the people to 
the actual state of affairs so that they could study the 
question and be ready to apply a real permanent remedy. A 
change of officers in city state or nation will not work a per- 
manent good. 

A change of system only will work a permanent good. 

The competitive system under which we live has had its 
day and proven to be unjust, simply putting good men in 
office will not and can not remedy it and what's more, it be- 
comes more and more impossible under the present system 
first to nominate and second to elect clean men to office. 

The world today is demanding justice and the Socialist 
party alone offers a reasonable working plan whereby such 
a result may be obtained. 

The spirit of socialism is co-operation as opposed to com- 

In co-operation all will be mutually benefitted, in competi- 
tion circumstances and chance operate to down the majority 
and enrich a few. There is not only enough but God has 
provided a wealth of all things for all men. 

Mankind's inhuman system, of graft and greed, called 
competition, has not only thus hurt the majority but dam- 
med also the so-called favored few, whose private owner- 
ship of the public's property rights in the land and the pub- 
lic carrying trades and utilities, has enabled them to refuse 
to help themselves by denying their part of the labor of the 
world and thus to bring on themselves a double porton of 
the suffering with which they also curse society. 

The Idea would point all who are interested in remedy- 


ing the rapid tendency towards increased injustice among 
men to a study of the world wide socialistic movement 
which seeks to put into practical working the teachings of 
the Man of Galilee, who came to establish a "Government'' 
on earth that would bring justice to all and wipe away 
tears from all eyes. "The government shall be on his 
shoulders," and the subject of his mission to earth was his 
Kingdom for which he prayed and not in vain when he 
said "The Kingdom come and thy will be done on earth as 
it is in heaven." 

We believe that in no way can man more effectively help 
to bring about this consummation than by preaching and 
teaching and voting for the co-operative commonwealth for 
which Socialists stand. 

the city. 

I am 

Yours for the public good 

Adon A. Yoder. 

A. A. Yoder, Esq., 

Richmond, Va. 
Dear Sir:- 

Your communication, containing charge preferred 
by you against policeman No. 51, (C. T. Tinsley), was re- 
ceived yesterday afternoon, and has been referred by me to 
the Board of Police Commissioners for investigation. I 

have directed the clerk of the board to issue the necessary 
notices to the accused and witnesses, and to bring the mat- 
ter to the attention of the board for trial at the next meet- 

Yours truly, 

D.C. Richardson 



The Idea wants to call your attention to some facts concerning 
this attitude as here shown, on the part of the police department to- 
wards lawlessness. 

First, out fight is not against Policeman No. 51, neither are we 
trying to get a case against the police board. The policeman is not 
to blame; the board is, but the grand jury is fixed when an attempt 
is made to indict them. We shall therefore not offer any further evi- 
dence to hurt the policeman who must violate his oath or loose his 
job. For the sake of the public we have simply called the attention 
of the mayor to a fact, which he already knows to exist, in order 
to show the public (our fight is one of publicity only and the people 
are awakening) that the mayor is only a dodging figure head and will 
not enforce the laws as he has sworn to do. He knows already that 
the conditions 1 describe exist. He knows that the police board 
wants them to exist contrary to law. He knows that putting the 
matter before the board is only a play to the galleries because he 
dares not act himself. 

Oui business is not prosecution. We are just showing jou, 
the people. You will act only as you are shown. Its up to you to 
wake up. You elected the mayor and the council that eltcttd ibe 
board. You'll have these rotten conditions untill you demand CJWl- 
mission govemmen t. 




Vol. V. OCTOBER, 7, 19 U. No. 12. 


The Lovett Murder 

The Police Board 

Police C'ose Stores 

Real Estate Robbery 

The State Fair 

The Elks Club 

Mills, Manning, Saunders, Leaman, Ingram, 

Martin, Ellyson, Etc. 

J Qj4] 

Being some sermonettes published monthly for the common good at 
Richmond, Va., by Adon A. Yoder, Editor, Publisher and Printer. 
1106 Capitol Street, Richmond, Virginia. Phone Monroe 2708. 




Since this issue may be the last appearance of The Idea 
it is in order to say a few words by way of explanation and 

Tho The Idea has not paid in Richmond, due to the an- 
tagonism of corrupt politics exerted thicugh various subtle 
ways on advertisers and news dealers, this is not the reason 
we are about to discontinue, for when it was found that the 
Idea could not live and continue its exposure of municipal 
evils, two women of this city came forward with their mear s 
and interested others, men and women, in a fund to be ap- 
plied monthly to the running of The Idea. It was their 
plan to increase that fund this fall and make the paper 
a weekly; and give the publisher time to investigate and 
more aggressively fight the evils that menace the commu- 

Circumstances however, have decreed otherwise. Ruh- 
mond has not agreed with the health of the wife of the 
publisher, whose already frail constitution has been assailed 
by tuberculosis and she is now at Catawba, the state sanita- 
rium for incipient consumption, in Roanoke county. Fhy- 
sicians advise that she must by no means return to Rich- 
mond. Under these circumstances, with a child sick with 
relatives in Lynchburg, duty demands a relinquishment of 
the work here, so that those dependent upon him may be 
provided for. 

The Idea print shop is now for sale at one-half what it 
cost, as it must be sacrificed to pay creditors. 

To all those who have made possible, by their financial 
and moral support, the work of this paper, The Idea ex- 
tends its heartiest thanks, and especially to that band of 
friends of the cause of right, who have stood by us when 
newspaper lies drew away many, our heart goes out in 
deepest gratitude. Whatever good this paper has acccm- 
plished within the past eight months has been made possi- 
ble by them. (Continued on outside of cover) 



VOL. V. OCT. 7, 1911 No. 12 

Five Cents a Copy 50 Cents a Year 

Published Monthly on Saturday by Adon A. Yoder 

1106 Capitol Street, Richmond, Va. 


In a Jackson Ward 
Assignation House. 

Saturday night one of the many assignation houses in 
Jackson Ward furnished Richmond with another murder. 

Jackson Ward is honey-combed with such resorts, which, 
with the bar-rooms, have been used as recruiting grounds 
for ring politicians. The notorious keepers of these dives 
always "stand in" because at election time they furnish 
their quota of money for the corruption of elections sr.d 
thus, altho the police say, through the papeis, that they 
have been trying to get evidence against the house for two 


years. The real facts aie that the Rjerrrcrd ] olice depart- 
ment could at any time in this two years have furnished on 
short notice enough evidence to break up this and fifty other 
assignation houses in the city of Richmond. But, it is not 
to the interest of the police board so to do. 

The Idea charges that there is every evidence of a crimi- 
nal alliance between the ciimiral keepers of these dives and 
the police board, just as there is between the board and the 
m^orioi? rai lig it district womn who openly and flagrantly 
flaunt their waies in the very eyes of the police on Mayo(r) 
and 14th street, and just as there is a criminal alliance be- 
tween the board and the violators of the Surdaj closirg 

As is well known, the board has gone so far as to make 
arrangemants with the women of Red Light District No. 1, 
and Manning and Gordon's Special Red Light District No. 2, 
that they would not prosecute these women if they would 
agree to certain restrictions, etc., etc., etc., and no one 
knows to what other conditions and considerations. It is 
also well known that the police board has instructed the po- 
lice not to enforce the laws against certain merchants of 
the city who keep open boldly in direct violation of all law. 

And now we have the sad spectacle of the gieat big effi- 
cient police department of the city of Richmond crying out 
that they "have been trying in vain for two years" to break 
up houses they know all about. 

It is funny how blind men have gotten, to think that this 
little life is it and all of it. 

Di I you know that W. P. ("Dutch") Leaman, bar keeper, 
had infinitely more voice in your government than you have? 
And do you know why, you bone head? It's notour fault. 
If you do not vote and vote honestly and intelligently, you 
and Dutch are in the same boat, except that Dutch is at 
least smart enough to look out for his own financial interest 
better than you. 



Chargeable to the Police Board. 

The Beattie Murder, The Conway Murder and The 

Lovett Murder All Have Their Incipiency in 

Assignation Houses Conducted Under 

The Protection Policy of the 

Police Board Con_ 

trary to Law 

It has not been long since Bar-keeper Conway, ex-convict, 
who was taking the wife of Torrence, whom he shot in cold 
blood on Broad street, to Sophie Malloy's notorious. dive on 
lower Main street, where Sophie had been openly violating 
the law, known by the police for years, both in selling whis- 
key and other alcohols on Sunday and without license and 
in keeping a house of ill-fame, commonly known as an as- 
signation house. 

Likewise H. C. Beattie was convicted in the last few wteks 
of murdering his wife after illicit relations with Bulah Bin- 
ford in the house of May Stuart, on Mayo(r) street, in the 
especially protected district. 

And now the community is again shocked with a murder 
in St. Paul street, where a doctor, and men and women were 
resorting for criminal practices, and the police admit they 
knew all about it for two years. 

The Idea charges that all three of these murders are 
chargeable to those who have instructed the police to ignore 
the laws against prostitution — the police board. 

If Richmond parents care for the morals of the young 

they will not suffer them to be turned loose on the War 

Path or Wa-hoo Lane with out a guardian or proper instruc- 

If Richmond preachers will go to the fair, this year and keep their 
eyes open we'll guarantee that there will be no Huche-Kuche show- 
next vear. 



As Idea Man Approaches- -Stay Closed 
Twenty Minutes* 

On a recent Sunday we had occasion to visit a friend on the Seven 
Pines line. Having to wait some time for a car, we passed down 
29th street from P to Q through a section where several stores con- 
ducted by foreigners do' an enormous business on Sunday, in fact the 
claim is made that they do more business on Sunday than during all 
the rest of the week combined, and that they would have to clo&e 
up entirely if they hid to close on Sunday. One can readily see 
what pressure such a state of affairs can bring on police and why 
they don't "see" the violations. 

Enormous crowds of negroes each Sunday congregate here, wheie 
they often have to wait forty minutes or more. As we passed 
down by the stores they weie open and doing a land-oflfice business 
while a policeman stood within ten feet of an entrance to one of 
them as children, men and boys walked in and out, buying anything 
the proprietor had to sell. As we got to Q street we met a police 
sergeant who, when he saw us. immediately walked up to the police- 
man and gave his orders. There was a slight stir of excitement as 
word was passed along. Front doors were locked, proprietors issued 
from side and back entrances to see why their money making had 
been stopped. Children ran up to the front doors to be astonished 
as thev found they could not enter. 

The merchants held a conference in an unknown tongue. All 
finally got quiet and the places stayed closed twenty minutes at 
least. We said not a wora, but took the next car. When we came 
back three hours later the stores were wide open again. And yet 
the IDEA man was once put in jail for charging a criminal alliance 
between the Richmond police board and criminals. Today we re- 
iterate the charge and stand ready to go to jail again for doing a 
plain public dutj . 

To THE CROOKS — Don't crow too quick. The cat may come 
back; it has six lives left. 




Divid J. Jones, of Howards Grove section borrowed $200 one 
year ago from the real estate firm of Richardson & Crutchheld. He 
claims that he asked them at the time the money was borrowed what 
it would cost him; that they said $10; that he paid the $10 in ad- 
vance, thinking that that was the interest, it being 10 per cent on the 
$200 for the average time of the loan, six months; That when he 
had paid $187 paying $17 a month for eleven months he desired to 
make the final payment of $13, when he was told he owed them 
$34.35, and he found that $10 was being deducted from the money 
paid them monthly, as a fee for collecting the money, and then he 
was charged with $12 of interest; that then he learned that the $10 
paid in advance was not interest, but a fee charged him for loaning 
him the money; that the $12 was at the rate of 12 per cent on the 
$200 for the average time of the loan. So, he was being charged 
$32, or 32 per cent, interest on a loan of $200. and it now appears 
that he, perhaps, has no redress, as he signed a paper on making the 
loan which gave the lenders as security the rent on his property and 
made them his agent for collecting the rent, altho he did not contem- 
plate, and it is no where seated in the paper he signed that he should 
pay them 10 per cent, for the privilege of paying them in that way. 

Thus a man is virtually robbed because of his ignorance, and the 
worst feature of it all is that the robbery seems to be legalr/id. It 
seems strange that people do not see that the laws are made in the 
interest of property as opposed to hmanity and that under the present 
system human rights are always sacrificed to property rights. This 
state of affairs will continue until the people are restored to their co'- 
lective ownership of all public property and all publicly ueed utilities. 

In other words, Socialists alone have a program for the just solu- 
tion of all public questions, by government ownership of the land and 
all public service corporations operated for all. instead of for a privi- 
leged class. 


Carnival of Crime. 

Richmond Business Men Make Big 

Money out of Immoral Shows, 

Huche-Kuche Dances t 

Whiskey Selling 

and Gambling* 

Other Big Fairs Have Cut Out Whiskey and Vile Per- 
formances, While Our State Fair Association Gets 
Worse Each Year, And, with Police Commissioner 
Gordon as One of Its Officers, Escapes Punishment 
For Its Indecent Exhibitions. 

As THE IDEA goes to press the papers of the city are getting out 
special editions for the annual state fair to be held next week. The 
occasion should be something in which every citizen could take 
pride, but instead, each year the management, not content with 
Richmond's shameless women, imports a lot of lewd women to ex- 
pose their persons and go through with lewd whonsh movements 
called muscle dances, or Huche-Kutche shows. 

THE IDEA don't mind calling a spade a spade, but these demoral- 
izing shows can not be described in this magazine. They are too 
utterly vile and abhorent, and even accurate description of them 
would tend to corrupt the morals of the youth and we'd be fourth- 
with jailed, while the men who reap the benefit would be lauded as 
successful business men. 

Public sentiment in Petersburg has banished whiskey selling and 
the like, but Richmond continues it. Other cities have put the ban 


on the indecent Huche-Kuche, but Richmond finds no show too 
vile for its youth. Here mothers send their boys to have a good 
time, not knowing how their passions aie aoused by the vile scenes 
they are invited to see by men who sell them ten cent tickets to 
"something rare and racy" which literally crowds the red light dis- 
tricts of the city, during fair week, with boys, (and girls too.) who 
have never been there before. 

Where is The People's Money? 

What has become of that big bunch of money Gilbert Pol- 
lock succeeded in having spent for the old Ford Hotel prop- 
erty and his property next door. 

The money has gone, but the city has not the property. 
Business men don't pay for things till they get them. But 
our petty councilmen pay the taxpayers' money over for 
property which it looks like they may never get; neither 
have they got the money, according to the best authority 

at hand. 

It has the smell of graft to us. 

Complete File of THE IDEA. 

If you want a complete file of The Idea including the 
number ''edited at the city jail" accounts of the famous 
libel suits, of Clyde Saunders as grafter lobyist, cxpcseuie 
of police court methods and unjust and illegal piactices, of 
farcical trials and travesties of justice, of assaults cr tie 
publisher, of the usurpation of authority by the police 
board, of the criminal alliance between whores and unprin- 
cipled politicians, between law-breakers and lawyeis, be- 
tween courts of justice and dens of vice: if you want to get 
some insight into political conditions you should have the 
last two and a half years' history of the town as portrayed 
in The iDeA since its beginning here in June 18C9. 

We have left only eight complete sets. $5 commands a 
set while thev last, address toda-v, A. A. Yoder, Richmond, 
Va., 1106 Capitol St. 



How The Mayor Serves The DeviL 

The section of the city between Second and Bioad. and Second 
and Marshall is becoming more and more rowdy as the weeks pass. 
The gambling house on the corner of Marshall operates all night on 
Saturday and Sunday nights and all day Sunday and makes the 
nights restless for the neighbors, but the police don'r dare break it 
up. Some one with influence has evidently "fixed things" at head- 

Then there is a store on the corner of Broad, operated by an 
Italian, where negroes congregate on Sunday to break the Sabbath 
laws, for the place is wide open all day, and it is confidently believed 
whiskey is sold there, from the class and character of the crowds and 
other confirming evidence. But this is a time of lawlessness in 
Richmond, whose law enforcement powers have been assumed by 
the usurping police board, while the zero-figure-head-mayor violates 
his oath and serves Hell by his sins of omission, which are far more 
far reaching for evil than the sins of commission of an\ other man 
in the city. 

The article on page 12, numbered 5 in error, is concluded on inside 
of back cover. 

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The Elks Club. 


Whats The Matter With the Preachers. 

The Elks Club, corner 11th and Marshall, as at present conducted, 
is a public nuisance. Complaints continue to come to this office 
from residents of that neighboihood, of the rowdyism, drunkenness 
and gambling engaged in at this place. 

Many attribute the downfall of Capt. Cunningham to the in- 
fluence of this club, and often drunks are hauled away from the place 
in the wee small hours of the morning to saddened homes. But. 
since men of influence with the police department belong, the work 
of degradation and demoralization goes on unmolested. Unless 
Richmond citizens awake from their lethargy enough to demand a 
higher grade of public officials, and a higher standard of public 
morals and a cleaner city, the next generation of the city will be so 
demoralized as to make Richmond unfit in any section for the rear- 
ing of the young. Even the preachers of the city seem either to be 
in absolute ignorance of conditions here, or as many think, are afraid 
they will loose position and popularity by opposing specific evils. 

None of them hesitate to condemn evil in general, but we have 
yet to find one who'll dare take the bible method, the "thou art 
the man" method. 

There are by actual count 542 white women and 95 colored wo- 
men in one red light district of Richmond. There are perhaps 1000 
young single men, and another 300 married men, who keep the rent 
paid, provide clothing and table board for these 637 lewd women. 
And all are protected by the police board. 

See our valedictory on inside of cover. 

In plain English Socialism means justice for every one and special 
privileges for none — do all get a fair deal under the present system? 


Richmond Stores Wide Open on 
Sunday Contrary to Law* 

Police A'A Criminals In Violating State Statutes. 

Since the last issue of the Idea the publisher has followed 
up his campaign for law enforcement in Richmond by re- 
porting again to policemen the violation of the Sunday laws 
by merchants on Broad and Main streets. 

The police have at last refused not only to make arrest?, 
bat now also refuse to even report the offenders against tre 
Commonwealth when they violate the Sunday lavs. Cn 
Sunday night September the 18th, after reporting Roechi- 
cioli, on Main, and Hellstern on Broad, to a policeman who 
refused to stop the criminal, or arrest, or even report the 
offenders, the publisher of the Idea went before a magis- 
trate and swore out a warrant against Nathan Hellstern, a 
cigar dealer at Seventh and Broad streets for laboring at 
his trade or calling on Sunday contrary to law. 

Although the judge knew Hellstern was guilty, and so 
guilty that he would not even take the witness stand to be 
cross examined, but employed a lawyer to speak for him, 
still Justice John dismissed the case, because, as he ex- 
pressed it, the "policeman went back on you," for be it 
known that the policeman who made the arrest, having 
been so instructed by his masters not to see the law violated 
in this place, was stone blind when he entered the crowded 
store, dazzlingly lit up to attract the horde of young men 
who resort there for drinks, tobacco and confections. 

The policeman — we won't mention his name, for we are 
sorry for the policeman who cannot see and tell the truth 
and hold his job— got rather gummed up on the witness 
stand. His face flushed as he testified once that he saw 
nothing, again that he saw two young men, and the third 



We have some mighty fine men in the plumbing business, 
bat the reputation that plumbers enjoy in the humor of the 
day seems to be justified when one remembers that Morgan 
Mills, the smooth, was once a plumber, and that Chris Man- 
ning, friend and associate of Dutch Leaman and Slyde 
Saunders in the Telephone graft scandal, is still apluir.ltr. 


A friend of ours in talking of the class of men which is 
all too dominant in the city council said of a certain man 
who left the council under a cloud, that he "was not crook- 
ed enough to stay in the council." 


of the same stripe who are each ashamed to have their 
names associated with the rest. 
. Tom Martin, 

Dick Byrd, 

Hal Flood, 

Taylor Ellyson, 

Slyde Saunders 

Bob Whittet, 

Morgan Mills, 

Gilbert Pollock, 

Chris. Manning, 

Douglas Gordon, 

Magistrate McCarthy 
And a friend suggests "Dutch" Leaman as one of the 
same stripe, to which we reply, yes, but he is not ashamtd 

If there is any body that don't like the Idea, and we un- 
derstand there are several in Rich — well, its his move. 


Trouble With The Richmond 
Political Situation 


The trouble with the Richmond political situation is that 
men holding positions of trust and service are in some cases 
physically delinquent, in other cases mentally delinquent 
but in very many cases morally delinquent. 

Now Judge Ingram has ruled that we may not charge 
any "moral delinquency" in a public official, but we don't 
pay any attention to Judge Ingram, or any other judge who 
rules contrary to law. Fact is, if Judge Ingram had not 
himself been morally delinquent we do not think he would 
have made any such fool instruction. 

The point that the Idea would make is that the present 
system of government tends to put in office those most de- 
linquent morally and tends to make those in office more de- 
linquent morally. 

Let no petty judge or other official filled with an exage- 
rated sense of the dignity of his office dare say to the Idea 
or the voice of any citizen or citizens that they, the sover- 
eigns, shall not discuss the moral delinquencies of those 
whom they have hired to serve them in public offices. 

We are not here to please, we are not in it to fill our pock- 
ets. We are here to knock, to shock, to jar, the public con- 
science into a realization of their responsibility to their fel- 
lows to provide a better government at the cost, if needs be. 
of the very lives of themselves. 

Let no man say that for business reasons he cannot afford 
to oppose crookedness in Richmond. As a matter of fact if 
he was not so blamed shortsighted he would krtoiv that he 
could not afford not to lay down his life, if necessary, for 
the cause of right against wrong, 


time that he saw two or three, and once that a whole crowd 
came out of the store after he went in. At any rate the 
case was dismissed because "the policeman went back" on 
us after we got him to go in and see the rankest kind of 
violation of law right under his nose. 

After the trial we told Justice John that he was right in 
not convicting when he had only one witness and that the 
Idea was not going to roast him for his action, but on the 
other hand would commend him for it. And we do com- 
mend him for refusing to convict with only one witness 
against— altho there was no contradiction of that evidence 
for it is a well established principle of justice that "out of 
the mouth of two or three witnesses" alone should one be 
convicted. But as we remember what transpired on that 
very day, in that very s&me court we wonder what fear 
came over Justice John to make him have such a regard for 
justice in the case of a criminal merchant who violates the 
law weekly with impunity, when on that very morning two 
nagro men were brought before the same judge and one 
lone policeman testified in a whisper to the couit, and be- 
fore either had a chance to reply they were both sentenced 
to jail without the shadow of a trial. They looked at the 
judge, then at the policeman, and then at each other in 
amazement at the so-called trial, in which they were not al- 
lowed to testify in their own behalf. With wonderirg eyes 
and open mouth they were dragged away to jail with only 
one witness against them. 

We wonder where was Justice John's sense of justice then 
and why this peculiar regard for principle in the case of 
the wealthy Hebrew and utter disregard for it in the case 
of the poor negro. 

The Idea does not stand for social equality, but it dees 
stand for absolute political equality or justice for all, be they 
Negro or Jew, Jap, Indian or Anglo-Saxon, Italian, Turk or 
Hottentot. Before the law even a dog should have justice 
just as much as the first lady of the land. But justice has 
"petered out" in Richmond and equity is a thing of the dim 
and distant past. 


il&lPUtf tnri} Continued from page 2 

While change of base is thus made necessary, the pub- 
lisher lays down his pen only so long as it shall be wise, and 
maintains the same front and the same tactics towards the 
wrong whice he has always maintained, and trusts that it 
shall yet be his priviledge in the future to again occupy the 
position of pulbicist, in the front ranks of cor flict against 
wrong in Richmond. Besides all this we need a rest from 
this work now and hope to bring renewed energy and vital- 
ity as The Idea is born again. 

Adon A. Yoder. 

The Virginia Crop 

Let Others Take The Ribbon Blue 
For Corn or Kine, and Then 

Virginia 'II Sing Her Motherhood 
Of Presidents and Men. 

Not Gold or Silver, Precious Stones 

Nor Fruit nor Fish nor Flowers, - 

lis True in These the Land F.xcells, 

And Mountains Blue and Granite 


And Natural Wonders, Bridge an d 

The Lofty Peak, Secluded Glen.- 
Yet These are not Virginia's Pride 

But Women Pure and Gentle Men 

Virginia's Boast is not The Hn L >. 

Nor Horse nor Cow nor Hen 
The Old Dominion's Bumper Crop 
Is Sturdy Valiant Men— A. A Y 

Sample of Virginia's Chief Crop, 3 Months after Harvest.